Right-wing activist attacks Ya’alon’s car in Hebron
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Right-wing activist attacks Ya’alon’s car in Hebron

Baruch Marzel hurls abuse at defense minister, calling him an ‘enemy of the settlements’

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon visits the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron on August 11, 2015 (Ariel Harmoni/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon visits the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron on August 11, 2015 (Ariel Harmoni/Defense Ministry)

Right-wing activist and former Knesset hopeful Baruch Marzel attacked Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s car during the latter’s visit to the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday, Israel Radio reported.

“Enemy of the settlements, minister without security, strong against Jews and weak against Arabs,” Marzel reportedly shouted at Ya’alon.

Ya’alon wasn’t injured and Marzel wasn’t arrested.

Marzel, a Boston-born ultra-nationalist, is a resident of Tel Rumeida, a Jewish settlement located in the heart of Hebron overlooking the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

Baruch Marzel at a counter-rally protesting the commemoration of Palestinian Nakba Day at Tel Aviv University in May (photo credit: Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)
Baruch Marzel at a 2012 rally protesting the commemoration of Palestinian Nakba Day at Tel Aviv University (photo credit: Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

In March, police filed an indictment against Marzel during his bid for a Knesset seat when he was running on a slate with the far-right Yachad list. According to the indictment, Marzel, who was placed fourth on the Yachad list, was accused of trespassing on private property and battery causing injury.

Filed in the Jerusalem District Court in February 2013, the indictment charged that Marzel entered the courtyard of Hebron resident Issa Amru while on his way to pray at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a flashpoint site holy to Jews and Muslims that is believed to contain the remains of biblical figures. After he was asked to leave, an altercation ensued and according to the indictment, Marzel struck Amru, leaving him lightly bruised.

The Yachad party failed to gain enough votes to cross the electoral threshold and enter the Knesset.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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