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Dana Olmert. Broke the law? Photo: Channel 10
Dana Olmert. Broke the law? Photo: Channel 10
 
Itamar Ben-Gvir. Discriminated against? Photo: Yaron Brenner
Itamar Ben-Gvir. Discriminated against? Photo: Yaron Brenner
 
 

Rightist files complaint against PM's daughter

Itamar Ben-Gvir claims Dana Olmert, fellow left-wing protesters, called army chief 'murderer' during demonstration Saturday evening; says he was convicted for same offense several years ago

Efrat Weiss
Latest Update: 06.11.06, 15:28 / Israel News

Extreme rightist Itamar Ben-Gvir filed a complaint with the Hebron police Sunday against the prime minister's daughter Dana Olmert and the rest of the participants in a left-wing demonstration outside the house of Army Chief Dan Halutz Saturday evening to protest the killing of seven civilians in Gaza.

 

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Ben-Gvir presented the police with pictures from the rally depicting signs carried by the protesters that include the slogans, "Neighbors, ask Halutz why he murders children," and "Halutz is a murderer, the intifada shall prevail."

 

"Dana Olmert and her lefty friends should stand trial for calling the chief of staff a murderer," Ben-Gvir told Ynet. "I was tried and convicted for the same offense and received a suspended sentence. She should be convicted as well," he stated.

 

In 1997, Ben-Gvir faced trial after taking part in a demonstration against Knesset Member Ran Cohen (Meretz), during which he called the MK "a murderer." In addition to receiving a suspended sentence, Ben-Gvir was also ordered to pay a steep fine.

 

"If this was the ruling then, then it is only just and fair that Ms. Olmert and her friends stand trial for the same offense," Ben-Gvir.

 

The right-wing activists also claimed that about a year ago, the police barred him, his wife, and fellow rightist Baruch Marzel, from protesting outside the house of the chief military rabbi in Jerusalem, citing a regulation prohibiting demonstrations opposite the houses of army personnel.

 

"What is the reason for this discrimination? Why are left-wing activists allowed to do what right-wing activists are banned from doing?" he asked.

 

And Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, just minutes before boarding a plane to London, told reporters he had spoken with his daughter Dana about her participation in a left-wing demonstration outside the army chief's house on Saturday.

 

"We talk daily. Each of us is entitled to his own opinion, and to express them as well," he said.

 

Ronny Sofer contributed to the report

 

First Published: 06.11.06, 12:43

 

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