Jawaher Abu Rahma's mother holding her daughter's picture
Photo: Gil Yohanan

Anarchists attack US envoy's home

Police say anarchists rallying in Herzliya over death of Bilin protester threw tear gas canisters into diplomat's yard;11 suspects arrested

Demonstrations continue following the death of protestor Jawaher Abu Rahma  during a rally against the West Bank separation fence at Bilin. Eleven anarchists were arrested on Sunday morning in Herzliya on suspicion of protesting in front of the US ambassador's home and throwing tear gas canisters at his house.


The anarchists arrived at the US diplomat's home overnight carrying posters. Police officials said the suspects were also carrying Palestinian flags, tear gas canisters and spray.


According to online reports, the anarchists claimed they arrived at Ambassador James Cunningham's house in order to protest against US military aid to Israel, which they claimed was being put to use against Palestinians.


The anarchists reportedly chanted, "One, two, three, four stop the occupation, stop the war. Five, six, seven, eight end the funding, end the hate."


Occurring to suspicion, one of the anarchists threw hand grenades towards the house yard, and then the suspects fled the scene. The patrol police was called over, headed by Superintendent Avi Ohayon, and began combing the area in search of suspects.


All of the suspected were then found and brought in for questioning over at Glilot police station, headed by Chief Superintendent Nimrod Daniel. They were interrogated and later detained for further investigation.


Police officials said the 11 anarchists, one of which is a German citizen, are expected to be brought before the Magistrate's Court in Tel Aviv in order to extend their arrest.


Hundreds protested on Saturday in from of the Kirya Base (IDF headquarters) in Tel Aviv, following Abu Rahma's death. Eight protestors were arrested, including former Knesset member Mossi Raz (Meretz).


The protesters claimed that "even in the heart of Tel Aviv, the Israeli police treats citizens as enemies, crushing their freedom of expression and operating as storm troops of the right extremists."



פרסום ראשון: 01.02.11, 10:55
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