The Jerusalem District Court on rescinds a temporary restraining order against a supporter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who verbally harassed the wife and kids of Ze’ev Elkin, a right-wing lawmaker who left the ruling Likud to join a rival party.
“The court has ruled that it is my legitimate right to demonstrate,” says Rami Ben-Yehuda following the ruling.
Videos posted to Twitter earlier this week showed a group of Likud activists cursing and screaming at Elkin’s wife, Maria, as she stood by herself outside her home. “You’re a lunatic, you’re a liar, you’re a traitor,” screamed one Netanyahu supporter, later identified as Ben-Yehuda.
“Your husband has betrayed Israel. You have betrayed Israel,” Ben-Yehuda continued, later adding that she “goes with Arabs” and “collaborates with Al Jazeera,” in reference to the international Arabic news channel. He also called her a “Russian traitor.”