Bereaved Families Ask: ‘Israelis, Where Are You?’
Families of victims of terrorism marched through Jerusalem on Sunday in a protest against the government’s plan to approve the release of 26 terrorists.
They marched from the central memorial for terrorism victims, located in Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, to the Supreme Court building, where the court is to hear a petition against terrorist release filed by the Almagor organization.
Gila Molko, one of the marchers, could not hold back her tears as she called on the Israeli public to come join the victims’ families.
“Today I march alone, but tomorrow I hope that the nation of Israel will join me. I’m begging you to come, where are you, Israel?” she asked, speaking to Arutz Sheva.
“Don’t you understand?” she continued, facing the camera. “Don’t you understand that this is our blood, that he was part of our nation?”
“It’s not easy for bereaved families to come here,” she added. “It’s like having teeth pulled without anesthesia. We need your support.”
The parents of Lior Tubol, who terrorists kidnapped and murdered, expressed outrage at the plan to release their son’s killers.
“Twenty years out of a life sentence?! It won’t happen. I won’t let it happen,” Lior's mother declared.
“Does the United States free terrorists?” she demanded.
Ron Kehrmann and Yosef Tzur both lost teenage children in a bus bombing in Haifa in 2003. They expressed hope that the Supreme Court would give them justice.
“It’s not moral to release our children’s murderers. For the government of Israel to free terrorists is not moral or ethical,” they argued.
“Today we march with white flags to symbolize how the government of Israel was bullied by the Palestinians and the Americans into releasing terrorists with blood on their hands,” the two said.
Israel agreed to free the terrorists - including many who admitted to horrific murders - as a "good-will gesture" to the Palestinian Authority, which views the imprisoned terrorists as "freedom fighters" and national heroes.