Protest at Attack Site: 'Death to Terrorists'

Hours after lethal Hamas terror attack nationalist protesters and hareidim living in area demand Internal Security Minister's resignation.

Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar,

Protest at site of attack
Protest at site of attack
Yoni Kempinski

Just hours after Hamas terrorist Ibrahim al-Akri of Jerusalem's Shuafat neighborhood killed a Border Patrol officer with his car and wounded 13 others - two of them critically - dozens of nationalist activists and residents protested at the Shimon Hatzadik light rail station where the attack occurred.

The protesters, led by Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir and nationalist activist Bentzi Gopshtain, shouted out "death to terrorists," and called for Interior Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich (Yisrael Beytenu) to step down over the collapse in security in Jerusalem.

"Aharonovich go home, Jewish blood is not cheap," chanted the protesters, who included hareidim living in the area of the attack.

Just earlier at the same site Aharonovich delivered a statement in which he admitted there would likely be further attacks.

"Jerusalem is a sensitive city going through not easy times, we apparently aren't going through the last event."

The statement, and the perceived weak hand by authorities in dealing with Arab terrorism in the capital for many long months, has frustrated Jewish residents. This latest incident is the latest in a string of deadly attacks; Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick was shot last Wednesday, and two Israelis were murdered in a near-identical car attack two weeks ago at Jerusalem's Ammunition Hill light rail station.

Ben-Gvir and Gopshtain also led protests at the Ammunition Hill terror site the day after that attack, in which they called for the government to "avenge Jewish blood" and remove the danger looming over citizens.

Allegedly police assaulted one of the Jewish protesters at that event, and in this context Gopshtain said "it's sad that the Israeli police under Aharonovich use violence against good Jews demanding revenge and don't raise a finger against Arabs who burn, stone and murder."




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