Thursday, March 23, 2006


Baruch Marzel (pictured), the head of the ultra right wing National Jewish Front Party has called on the Israel Defense Forces to assasinate an Israeli peace activist.

Baruch Marzel is an American born right-wing Israeli settler from Hebron. He was a member of Meir Kahane's Kach, which was disqualified by the Israeli Supreme Court from running in the 1988 Israeli elections because its platform was deemed racist, because it advocated the deportation of the Arabs. Following Kahane's assassination in 1990, he moved to lead Kach, one of the splinter groups from the original Kach. In 2003, Marzel joined Herut and became the number two candidate on the party list after Michael Kleiner in the bid to enter the 16th Knesset session. Herut failed to pass the minimum threshold of voters. In 2004 he founded the Jewish National Front Party. Marzel echoed the words of the Right Reverend Pat Robinson following Ariel Sharon's stroke. He stated, "We aren't praying for this evil person. He went against God. He went against the Bible. He betrayed his own country."

On its website the National Jewish Front (Hazit) says, "'HAZIT' declares that Israeli governments over the past 30 years have whetted the appetite of the enemy for Israeli land and their lust for murder. Surrendering parts of the Land of Israel, and the Jewish State's giving up on the accomplishment of its aims, is correctly perceived by the enemy as proof that terror and murder pay off, as Jews run away and close themselves into ghettos, behind concrete walls and separation fences. 'HAZIT' will work in complete opposition to the appeasement and surrender policies of Israeli governments during the last decades. 'HAZIT' will work towards changing basic values, and there will most likely even be a need to reverse them."

Marzel is not the only nut running loose. Michael Kleiner, head of the Herut Party, did manage to get himself and his friends beat up today during a provocation they insighted in the city of Jaffa.

Both articles below are from Ha'aretz.

Marzel urges IDF to assassinate Uri Avnery

By Nadav Shragai

National Jewish Front leader Baruch Marzel, now campaigning for the March 28 Knesset election, said yesterday that the leaders of Kadima are "traitors" and "criminals" and called on the Israel Defense Forces to assassinate the far-left leader of the Gush Shalom movement Uri Avnery.

Speaking yesterday in Jerusalem and Ramle, Marzel said left-wing activists are bringing destruction upon themselves and said they sometimes harm the interests of Israel no less than the country's external enemies.

In response to Avnery's comment that the 2001 assassination of cabinet minister Rehavam Ze'evi was a Palestinian "targeted killing" - a term generally reserved for IDF strikes on militant leaders - Marzel said the IDF needs to target Avnery.

"Traitors sit in Kadima. They betrayed their own principles, Judaism and Zionism," Marzel added.

Peace Now yesterday evening called on Attorney General Menachem Mazuz to examine Marzel's statements on suspicion of incitement.

The far-right extremist also expressed anger at attacks by National Union and the National Religious Party. He said their action increases his chance of not obtaining the minimum number of votes required to enter the Knesset.

Jaffa residents clash with Herut activists urging their emigration

By Yuval Azoulay, Assaf Carmel and Nadav Shragai, Haaretz Correspondents

Herut party activists and Arab residents of Jaffa clashed on Thursday afternoon after the activists arrived in the city in an attempt to convince its Israeli Arab residents to leave the country.

The activists were headed by party chairman and former MK Michael Kleiner.

Police officers who arrived at the scene dispersed those involved in the brawl.

Convening on Yefet Street, Kleiner began reciting his political doctrine as Herut activists urged Jaffa's Arab residents to emigrate, and offered monetary compensation.

"The land was given to the sons of Israel, and not to the sons of Ishmael. Us. This is our country. Not your country," Kleiner declared. "But we aren't talking about a forced evacuation. We won't force anyone to leave. We're talking about voluntary evacuation, in exchange for fair, or perhaps even higher, monetary compensation. Whoever doesn't want it won't take the money and will stay here, but there are many Arab countries in the region."

Within minutes, dozens of Arab residents crowded around Kleiner and the Herut activists, accusing him of being racist and fomenting strife. The activists said that they were beaten, and that Jaffa residents had thrown eggs and bottles at them.

Jewish residents of Jaffa who were in the area at the time of the incident accused Kleiner of threatening the coexistence between Jews and Arabs in Jaffa.

After a Kleiner supporter took out several bills to prove that he was serious about the intention to compensate Arabs willing to emigrate, one of the Arab residents flung the bills in the air. The money scattered and passers-by collected it for themselves.

After a firecracker was set off, Kleiner and his associates fled to their cars and left the area. No one was hurt.

After the incident, Kleiner said his visit to Jaffa constituted "legitimate activity within the framework of Israeli democracy. We respect them, but they don't respect democracy. This is a business proposal; if they want to, they can take it, if they don't, they won't."

"No one can harm residents of Tel Aviv-Jaffa or the good relations between Jews and Arabs in the city," Tel Aviv-Jaffa Mayor Ron Huldai said in response to the incident.

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