Monday, November 28, 2011

More intimidation tactics by the Israeli Far Right

Via email subscription from Peace Now, by Lee Wilson:

Yesterday I got a message to my phone, (as I picked up my kids from school), that said "Lee, Today I Will Kill You".

Not knowing whether this was a prank or a threat I quickly called the other members of our Peace Now team - some of them also received such messages…..
we reported this to the police.

It turns out the guy who sent the message was the same guy who told Yariv a few weeks back that he will "put a bullet in his head" and called in a bomb threat to our offices and defaced our Jerusalem branch. He has been arrested 3 times, and released 3 times..why? Because his dad has connections with high up people - when will his Dad realise that his son is dangerous and needs to pay the price for his actions? Will they only do something when he eventually kills someone?

All of this is not unusual as when the Government is running a campaign of persecution and legislation against NGO's and leftist groups, calling us traitors and passing legislation to act against "enemies within" (as some MKs are trying to portray us).

Only last week the Home Security Minister told the Knesset
he feared another political assassination, with Peace Now members being the target.

From those Ha’aretz links:

Recently, death threats were sprayed on the apartment building of Ofran, a Peace Now activist, and Peace Now offices in Jerusalem were vandalized in suspected "price tag" attacks.

"Price tag" is the name given by extremists to activities against Palestinians, peace activists or security forces in response to what are considered to be actions against the settlements or illegal outposts in the West Bank.
"Police are conducting a vigorous investigation and arrested a suspect who is still in custody," Aharonovitch told MKs. "The case is still being investigated. The investigations branch is doing all it can to prevent such acts and to investigate fully what happened."

"As for the threat of another political murder, this is indeed a question," Aharonovitch said. "It is my job to be worried. The threat exists. Both we and the Shin Bet security service, it is our job to be vigilant and conduct all operations. We're talking about a threat that covers the entire political spectrum."

The most infamous political murder in Israeli history took place on November 4, 1995 when then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a right-wing Jewish extremist after a peace rally in Tel Aviv.


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