Meretz's Talia Sasson gets threatening phone call
Unknown person phones home of leftist party's seventh candidate for Knesset known for report against illegal outposts. Caller tells daughter 'we will hurt your mother'. Meretz issues statement saying 'no threats will instill fear in Sasson over principles'
Talia Sasson, Meretz's seventh candidate for Knesset received a threatening phone call Sunday night.
An unknown person called Sasson's house, and made threats to her daughter who answered the phone, saying, "We will hurt your mother".
After the call, Sasson immediately rushed to the Mevaseret Zion police department where she filed a complaint.
Meretz condemned the threats, and in an announcement published on Monday said, "Meretz supports Advocate Talia Sasson. No threats and no intimidations will instill terror or fear over the positions and principles Sasson expressed: The need to remove illegal outposts and protect the rule of law.
"We urge the law enforcement authorities to investigate the case to the fullest and prevent a situation in which legitimate opinions cannot be presented in Israel."
Sasson, who recently joined Meretz as the New Movement's representative, served as state prosecutor and caused a storm with her 2005 report on illegal outposts in the West Bank known as the Sasson Report.
In her 300-page report presented to then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Sasson detailed the ways in which 120 illegal settlements in the West Bank were backed by various government bodies.
The report's conclusions to have the outposts dismantled were never realized. However, three months ago the cabinet decided to withdraw support for outposts, but Sasson has expressed doubts that this ruling would be honored.
Sasson's decision to join the Meretz party sparked many claims among rightists saying her report was politically motivated and meant to promote hers and Meretz's stances.
Threats on members of the Israeli left were realized a few months ago, with an attempt on Professor Ze'ev Sternhell's life made in September, when a pipe bomb went of at the entrance to his Jerusalem home.
Sternhell was lightly wounded, and police suspect extreme right-wing activists were responsible for the attack.