Some 200 people gathered Friday for a demonstration near the Palestinian village Idhna, where Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi
lost his life in a shooting attack on Seder night.
"We're protesting against the murderous Arab terror that took Mizrahi's life and hurt his family. We call on the government not to release any more terrorists, and (instead) strengthen the settlements on Mount Hebron, and in Judea and Samaria in general," said Gideo Ariel, who lives in the Ma'ale Hever settlement on the Hebron hills.
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"We're here to make two statements to the political and military leaderships. We're embracing the military leadership, because while we all gathered for the Passover Seder, the soldiers chased the terrorist in Idhna and we know how to appreciate and cherish that," the head of the Hebron Mount Council, Yohai Damari, said.
"But our statement to the state and to policy makers is that they must make sure it never pays off to anyone to think, plan or commit murder," Damari continued.
Damari claimed the State of Israel must expand settlement construction in the West Bank after every terrorist attack.
"With the current policy, the terrorist knows that he can only gain from each terror attack he commits, because even if he gets caught he will be released in one deal or another. If he doesn't get caught, or he gets killed, he'll have the great honor of being a Shahid (martyr)," Damari said.
"We call on the policy makers in Jerusalem to condemn each murderer, and demand that the Palestinian Authority condemned every terrorist. On the other hand, we must exact a diplomatic price for every terrorist attack. Add buildings and not halt or freeze. We have people knocking on ours doors wanting to come here," he added.
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Mizrahi's children's grandfather also attended the demonstration, and said Mouner's Kaddish on his son.
Kiryat Arba Rabbi Dov Lior also attended the demonstration, calling on the Israeli government "to put an end to events like this. There were dozens of terror attacks ever since we returned to Hebron.
"The mistake lies in our attitude of how to treat these wicked people. This is a part of their war against the existence of the nation and state of Israel. We must apply completely different laws to those who murder Jews. We used to impose a curfew and wreck the terrorist's house. Today, there's no deterrence."
Rabbi Lior noted the army must be allowed to act as it sees fit, without needing to take into account the politicians' considerations.