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Rightists 'dress' Peres in a kaffiyah

Jewish National Front movement distributes posters in Jerusalem showing president wearing traditional headdress of Arab men with writing, 'Releasing terrorists, a president of Arabs'

Efrat Weiss
Published: 11.04.07, 10:05 / Israel News

Exactly twelve years after the murder of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, extreme-right wing activists on Sunday morning distributed posters showing President Shimon Peres wearing a kaffiyah (traditional headdress of Arab men).


The posters, created by the Jewish National Front movement, bear the writing, 'Releasing terrorists, a president of Arabs."


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The movement's chairman, Baruch Marzel, told Ynet that the posters were hung on the streets of Jerusalem "in response to wholesale release of terrorists by the president."


He added that "over the past few weeks Shimon Peres has turned into a rubber stamp for the release of terrorists, and we won't forget how he commuted the sentence of the murderers of Danny Katz.


"This is only the beginning of the campaign, and we will be sure to remind the residents of the State of Israel that we have a president who operates in favor of the Arabs."


Extreme right-wing activist Itamar Ben-Gvir told Ynet, "There is no incitement in the poster. The court already ruled that the poster is legal in the case of the kaffiyah on the heads of (Defense Minister Ehud) Barak and (opposition leader Benjamin) Netanyahu.


"We are not part of the Rabin festival, and as far as we are concerned the poster is legitimate and right."


Over the past few weeks, extreme right-wing activists have been distributing a video calling for the release of Rabin's assassin Yigal Amir.


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