Border Guard at the outpost
Border Guard at the outpostTuvia Lerner

Six members of the "Jewish Front" were arrested Sunday and held for questioning after they began to march toward the mourning tent for the terrorist who massacred eight Merkaz HaRav students.

Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir, who led the march, said they would try themselves to dismantle the tent that was erected by the family in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Mukaber to honor 25-year-old Ala Abu Dheim. Both men were arrested by Jerusalem District Police, along with four others.

The Arab neighborhood which is home to the family is just east of the Jewish neighborhood of Talpiyot Mizrach in the capital.  The police have allowed the tent to stand, saying there is no law against. Officials from the municipality did order Abu Dheim's father to take down the Hamas and Hizbullah flags adorning the tent. The elder Abu Dheim, known in the past to be a member of the Hamas terrorist organization, complied with the order.

"Only in Israel could there be a situation where terrorist family members erect a tent to praise and glorify a murderer who perpetrated a massacre against the Jewish Nation," said activist Itamar Ben-Gvir.  "Even in Jordan, they didn't allow such a tent. If the police don't do it, then we ourselves will lift the law up from the floor."

Likud Knesset member Gilad Erdan announced Sunday morning he will propose a ban on any form of public mourning for a terrorist, saying that the State of Israel is "more like a suicidal democracy than a democracy that is defending itself."

Abu Dheim's family in Jordan was forbidden by Amman to erect a mourning tent or publicly mourn him with an open house, saying public mourning would not be allowed for someone who promoted violence against civilians.

A relative who lived elsewhere in the Hashemite Kingdom noted with irony that the Israeli government did not stop his immediate family from doing so in Jerusalem.