Thousands march in Afula to commemorate murdered teen

Thousands march in Afula to commemorate murdered teen

Protesters call on government to stop early release of terrorists; killing believed to be nationalistically motivated

Shelley Dadon (photo credit: Facebook)
Shelley Dadon (photo credit: Facebook)

Some 2,000 people marched in the northern city of Afula Saturday night to commemorate Shelly Dadon, the 19-year-old girl found dead in the city’s industrial area earlier this month in what is believed to be a nationalistically motivated killing.

The protesters called on the government to hand down more severe sentences to murderers, including those of Dadon, and to stop the early release of terrorists.

Memorial candles were lit for Dadon and signs bearing the words “Shelly’s blood is my blood” were held aloft at the march.

Some protesters wore red gloves to highlight what they referred to as Israel’s lenient approach to those with “blood on their hands,” an expression in Hebrew used to mean those who have committed murder.

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch vowed during a condolence visit on Monday to the woman’s family that the perpetrators of the murder would soon be found.

Dadon’s battered body was found on May 1 in an abandoned parking lot in Migdal Ha’emek, a city a few miles north of her hometown of Afula.

Details of the investigation of her death are under a gag order.

While he couldn’t offer details due to the gag order, Aharonovitch said he believed the investigation was on the verge of dramatic developments.

“The investigation has made very great strides, which can only be described as dramatic,” Aharonovitch told the Dadon family. “The murderers will be arrested soon and will pay the price,” he vowed, calling the killing “one of the most despicable acts.”

Dadon was laid to rest last Saturday night in a cemetery in Afula. Some attendees, believing that the murder was a terror attack, shouted “revenge” at the funeral.

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