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Justice who approved synagogue razing to get extra protection

After Supreme Court vandalized overnight, Miriam Naor gets additional bodyguard; Channel 10 reporter attacked by right-wing activists

Supreme Court president Miriam Naor seen at the first meeting of the Israeli Judicial Selection Committee at the Justice Ministry in Jerusalem on August 9, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Supreme Court president Miriam Naor seen at the first meeting of the Israeli Judicial Selection Committee at the Justice Ministry in Jerusalem on August 9, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

An additional guard was added to the security detail of the president of the Supreme Court on Wednesday night, following a security assessment by the Shin Bet security service, according to Channel 10 news.

Miriam Naor was behind a court decision last year to demolish a synagogue in the West Bank settlement of Givat Ze’ev, outside Jerusalem, after the court ruled it was built on private Palestinian land.

Overnight Tuesday, protesters defaced the Supreme Court building.

“You don’t destroy a synagogue, we want a Jewish state,” graffiti sprayed on the building read.

On Wednesday, the court decided to postpone the demolition of Ayelet Hashahar Synagogue amid threats of violence by right-wing activists, but instructed police to follow through with the order by November 17. Hundreds of protesters had blockaded themselves inside the structure to block its razing, threatening to harm themselves and security forces.

Right wing activists seen at the Ayelet Hashahar synagogue in the West Bank settlement of Givat Ze'ev, north of Jerusalem on November 4, 2015. The shul is slated for demolition. (Lior Mizrahi/Flash90)
Right wing activists seen at the Ayelet Hashahar synagogue in the West Bank settlement of Givat Ze’ev, north of Jerusalem on November 4, 2015. The shul is slated for demolition. (Lior Mizrahi/Flash90)

Channel 10 reporter Roi Sharon on Wednesday said he was attacked by a mob of right-wing activists at the site.

Sharon was covering the planned demolition in the settlement of Givat Ze’ev, when he was surrounded by protesters who called him a “traitor.”

“I’ve been reporting in this field (of building demolitions at settlements) for seven years, and nothing like this has ever happened to me before,” Sharon told Army Radio.

He said he didn’t feel his life was endangered at any point.

“Nobody there was going to pull out a knife or a club,” he said. “I wasn’t even injured by the pushing and hitting.”

Sharon said the local council head tried to calm down the mob that surrounded him, “but they heed no law, and no rabbis.”

“I tried to call the police in the middle of the melee… They’ve still not arrived,” Sharon said.

Likud's Yariv Levin in the Knesset plenum on February 24, 2014 (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Likud’s Yariv Levin in the Knesset plenum on February 24, 2014 (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) decried what he said was the Supreme Court meddling in political affairs.

“If they want to enter the political arena, they have a way to do that,” he told Army Radio. “They can take off their robes and run for Knesset. I assume that on the Meretz list, they will find many people that would be happy to take those judges and after that, elections will determine the results,” he added, referring the left-wing party.

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