In Tel Aviv’s Yitzhak Rabin Square on Tuesday evening, thousands of Israelis rallied in support of Elor Azarya, the soldier filmed executing a gravely wounded Palestinian last month.
Rally-goers shouted anti-Arab slogans and attacked persons perceived as being leftists or journalists.
Hours earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a call for leniency for the soldier.
Few thousand people at the rally. Organizers keel telling crowd they aren’t angry at the government or army. pic.twitter.com/kEcFGsiYM1
— Judah Ari Gross (@JudahAriGross) April 19, 2016
NOW: In Tel Aviv to cover rally for Israeli soldier who executed Palestinian & got beaten by mob & detained by cops. pic.twitter.com/XI5cwyZXQY
— David Sheen (@davidsheen) April 19, 2016
Times of Israel reporter Judah Ari Gross tweeted that an activist from B’Tselem, the human rights group that released the video of Azarya shooting and killing Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif, had to be escorted out of Rabin Square by police in order to “protect his life.”