Thousands Protest Nationwide Over Henkin Murders
Protests erupted nationwide calling to end Arab terror and boost Israel’s deterrence on Friday, after Fatah terrorists murdered Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin in front of their four young children.
On Friday afternoon, at least 150 people from Netivot and Sderot near Gaza blocked major intersections to protest the terror, waving Israeli flags and calling to strengthen national unity.
“We convened the masses and the youth just as the funeral was being held in Jerusalem,” one participant stated. “True, it’s Friday and we could not participate along with all of Israel at the funeral, but together, we showed that we are as one man with one heart.”
“All the people of Israel need to stand tall and continue along proudly,” the participant continued.
Sderot mayor Alon Davidi also participated in the march.
“Together we will stand in strength and we will win,” he declared. “Am Yisrael Chai!”
Across the country, hundreds of Kedumim residents marched toward the nearby Arab village of Kafr Kedum at the same time, showing solidarity during the funeral procession for the victims.
Mere kilometers away, hundreds of youths from Karnei Shomron blocked Route 55 to Palestinian Arab motorists for over three hours in a similar protest Friday, waving signs and shouting “Am Yisrael Chai.”
Two youths were arrested during yet another protest at the Tapuah junctionFriday afternoon, the Honenu legal rights organization said.
And further down Route 60, residents from the Shiloh block (Gush Shiloh) blocked Shiloh junction to Arab traffic in a similar protest.
Even more protests began across the country at about 10:30 am Friday morning, with Israeli Jews blocking traffic near the Chords Bridge in Jerusalem, the Eli Cohen intersection in Bat Yam, the intersection across from the Dimona mall, Shilat junction, Negahot junction, Ra’anana junction, Sha’ar Ofer in Be’er Sheva, and outside an Aroma cafe’ in Afula. The Women in Green movement, as well, arranged a special protest at Gush Etzion junction to protest the terror.
Samaria (Shomron) Regional Council chairman Yossi Dagan has set up an ongoing vigil Friday afternoon outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem, protesting the State of Israel’s inability to quell the rising terror throughout Judea and Samaria, which has escalated over several months.
Dagan arrived at the site at about 2:30 pm Friday, and told Channel 2 the vigil will be held indefinitely until security is boosted and the de facto building freeze lifted in the region.
“I’m not going home after the murder,” he declared. “Yesterday, for us, in terms of all of Israel, saw a red line crossed, and we will not be silent and go through the motions.”
“I’ll set my seat here in Jerusalem outside the Prime Minister’s residence,” he continued. “Here we buried our dead and here we are to stay – for as long as it takes – until the Prime Minister recognize the rights of residents of Judea and Samaria to live and grow, and until he takes upon himself the appropriate Zionist response to this tragic murder: building and security.”
“Instead of responding with force and pride, the government continues to make hurtful and self-defeating decisions, the whole purpose of which is to stop the settlement enterprise entirely, and transmits a clear message to our enemies of weakness.”