Israel president threatened over 'Jewish terrorism'

2015-08-03 21:46
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. (Gali Tibbon, AFP)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. (Gali Tibbon, AFP)

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Jerusalem - Police have opened an investigation into online threats against Israel's president following his condemnation of "Jewish terrorism" after a fire-bombing killed a Palestinian child, a presidential spokesperson said on Monday.

President Reuven Rivlin had written a Facebook post following Friday's arson attack by suspected Jewish extremists on a Palestinian family's home in the West Bank village of Duma.

The attack killed 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha and critically injured his parents and four-year-old brother.

"More than shame, I feel pain," Rivlin wrote in Arabic and Hebrew. "The pain over the murder of a little baby. The pain over my people choosing the path of terrorism and losing their humanity.

"Their path is not the path of the State of Israel and is not the path of the Jewish people. Unfortunately, it seems that so far we've dealt with the phenomenon of Jewish terrorism limply," he wrote, calling for concrete measures against such extremists.

Rivlin's post evoked a wave of more than 2 000 comments, some positive but others attacking him and recalling Israelis killed by Palestinians.

"Dirty traitor. Your end will be worse than [Ariel] Sharon's," said one comment quoted by the Maariv newspaper, referring to the late Israeli former premier who spent eight years in a coma.

Another said: "In Russia you would have been found by this point cut up inside a shoe box."

Police said they had received material from the president's security team and had ordered an investigation to "examine offensive publications against the president on social media".

The state prosecutor launched a separate probe into two YouTube videos showing Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Nazi uniforms and speaking in German.

In 1995, then premier Yitzhak Rabin was gunned down at a peace rally in Tel Aviv by a Jewish extremist after a campaign of rightwing incitement against a peace deal with the Palestinians.

Rabin's daughter, Dalia, told military radio she was "sickened" by the videos.

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