According to Israeli media, a father of one of the suspects in the killing of three members of a Palestinian family earlier this year attacks presidents Reuven Rivlin and Barack Obama in a vicious Facebook post.
“I didn’t see a kippa on the head of the Fuhrer Reuven Rivlin as he was lighting candles at the Arab’s place in the black house, and I’m convinced that he didn’t utter the blessings for lighting [the candles],” wrote the man, whose son has been held by the Shin Bet in recent weeks over his suspected involvement in the fatal firebombing in the Palestinian village of Duma in the West Bank in July.
Rivlin lit Hanukkah candles with Obama at the White House last week. Pictures of the event showed that he was wearing a kippa.
“But even if he did wear a kippa and uttered the blessings,” the suspect’s father continued, it was the greatest act of malicious hypocrisy “in the history of the Jewish people, to my mind.”
Right-wing activists have been critical of security forces for their methods of interrogating the suspects in the attack — whose identities, along with other details of the case, have yet to be cleared for publication — who have been denied the right to an attorney at their interrogation sessions.