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Daily Israel Report

Kerry Visits Rabin Monument, Bereaved Families Protest

Families of terror victims protested at Rabin Square as U.S. Secretary of State visited the site where former PM was murdered.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 11/6/2013, 4:42 AM

Bereaved families who lost their loved ones in terrorist attacks protested at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on Tuesday evening, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the site.

Kerry, who arrived in Israel for a short visit aimed at moving the peace process ahead, laid a wreath at the site where Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin was assassinated 18 years ago.

The bereaved families, who were joined by Meir Indor of the Almagor terror victims organization, were protesting Israel’s releasing of terrorists as a “gesture” to the PA. The families had asked for a face-to-face meeting with Kerry but were refused.

Lizi Hameiri, one of the participants in the protest, told Arutz Sheva, “Kerry refused to meet with representatives of the bereaved families, while he pushes for the release of those who murdered their loved ones. Kerry ignored us, even as he left. So we just booed him. The people who were inside told us that he had heard us well, but chose to ignore us.”

As Kerry met at the Rabin memorial with Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai and Rabin's daughter, the demonstrators outside shouted slogans such as "No to releasing terrorists and no to releasing murderers", "Come and talk with the families of the victims of terrorism," and, "Our blood is not cheap.”

The Secretary of State reportedly asked what the yelling was about and when one of the hosts explained that it was shouts against the release of terrorists, Kerry simply continued the ceremony, ignoring the demonstrators.

The bereaved families are planning to continue their protest during Kerry’s visit, and will hold another demonstration on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. outside the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, where Kerry is staying.