זאב אלקין בריאיון באולפן
MK Zeev Elkin
Photo: Hadar Yoavian
Netanyahu supporters harass Elkin's wife outside her home

'Russian traitor': PM supporters harass wife of former ally outside home

Likud supporters stage a protest outside home of Zeev Elkin, who left Netanyahu's party for Saar's New Hope, accuse the lawmaker and his family of 'selling out the country'; supporters earlier harassed the couple's 5-year-old daughter

Moran Azulay |
Published: 04.20.21 , 12:00
Supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were caught on camera harassing the wife of his former ally Zeev Elkin at her home and calling her derogatory names, including "Russian traitor".
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  • A group of Likud supporters demonstrated outside Elkin's house on Monday afternoon and confronted his wife Maria since the former Likud lawmaker was not at home.
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    תומכי נתניהו מחו מחוץ לביתו של זאב אלקין
    תומכי נתניהו מחו מחוץ לביתו של זאב אלקין
    Netanyahu supporters harass Elkin's wife outside her home
    (Photo: Facebook)
    Elkin left Likud for New Hope, a party formed by another former Netanyahu ally Gideon Saar, ahead of March 23 elections, accusing the prime minister of putting his own interests ahead of the country's.
    Elkin and his wife both immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union. The MK, himself, was born to a Jewish family in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
    "Mrs. Elkin, stop lying, you are a lying woman," shouted one of the protesters when Maria came outside to ask the demonstrators if they had a permit from the police to stage a rally.
    Maria Elkin confronts protesters outside her home
    (Video: Facebook)
    "You are a despicable and filthy woman, you are a liar and your husband is betraying the people of Israel," they shouted. "You wasted the money of Likudniks."
    When one of the protesters called her a "bad woman", she replied, "I'm a bad woman and I'll beat you too. Do you want to get beaten? Come forward".
    Her comments did not appear to deter the protesters, however, who kept hurling abuse at Maria and her husband.
    "Elkin's wife is a crazy woman. Your husband is a traitorous public figure. You are a traitor, you deal with Arabs. You are a psychotic and sick woman. You're selling out the State of Israel because you are a pathetic traitor. You are a pathetic, Russian traitor, who only cares about money."
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    תומכי נתניהו מחו מחוץ לביתו של זאב אלקין
    תומכי נתניהו מחו מחוץ לביתו של זאב אלקין
    Netanyahu supporters harass Elkin's wife outside her home
    (Photo: Facebook)
    This is not the first time Likud supporters staged a rally outside Elkin's house. Last week, MK tweeted about protesters who came up to his home and harassed his five-year-old daughter.
    "The group of lunatics, who came to demonstrate near my house on behalf of Netanyahu, frightened my five-year-old girl and shouted at her that her father was a leftist and a criminal," he wrote on Twitter after the incident.
    "Thanks for reminding me what the cultural discourse looks like at 'the home' you're asking me to come back to. Thank you for the additional encouragement to work toward a change of government."

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