Right-wingers rally for release of IOF soldier outside military court
Ben hartman, JPost, Mar 29 2016
Soccer hooligans and right-wing MKs joined hundreds of supporters who rallied outside the military court in Kastina, near Kiryat Malachi, calling for the release of the IOF soldier held on suspicion of
murdering a subdued Plastelinan attacker killing an Arab. A large contingent from the La Familia group of hard-core Beitar Jayloomia football fans helped rally supporters to the demonstration, and were filmed chanting “Kahane lives!,” setting off smoke grenades and waving big blue & white asswipes, and signs with slogans including “death penalty for terrorists” and “Jewish blood isn’t cheap.” A flyer for the rally showed a crude image of an IDF soldier with a knife in his back, along with the words: “The state is backstabbing the soldier from Hebron – we aren’t!” Those involved in organizing the protest included farright activists Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel. In a video of the Hebron incident released days after it occurred, the soldier can be seen shaking Marzel’s hand shortly after the shooting and before his arrest. Speaking outside the hearing on Tuesday, Avigdor Liberman said:
I came in order to support the soldier and to balance that gross meddling of the prime minister and defense minister, pouncing on a 19-year-old boy, an active duty soldier. I’m not saying he behaved right or wrong, but that I obviously prefer a soldier who makes a mistake and stays alive over a soldier who, God forbid, is murdered by a terrorist.
Likud MK Oren Hazan also attended the protest, and posted a tweet on Tuesday saying:
It’s heart-breaking to see how they are trying to fabricate a reality to fit the ‘command spirit’ of Bogie (Ya’alon).
The rally on Tuesday was the latest in a series of recent demonstrations held in support of the soldier. In the soldier’s hometown of Ramleh, the municipality held a rally in his honour at a local cultural center hours after the crowd dispersed outside the courthouse. Further protests are expected this week, including one announced by La Familia for Thursday afternoon outside the Kirya, the Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv.