Support rally for Sergeant Elor Azaria to be held in Tel Aviv

A rally in support of soldier Elor Azaria, who shot dead a terrorist in Hevron, will be held in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Tuesday evening.

Sergeant Azaria, 20, from Ramla, was charged on Monday with manslaughter for killing Abed al Fatah a-Sharif  after he and another Arab terrorist attacked IDF soldiers.

Azaria’s parents, Charlie and Oshra, and his sister Eti, will speak at the rally, as well as journalist Sharon Gal, who is one of the rally’s organizers.

Family members of terror victims will also speak at the rally, including Dvora Gonen, who lost her son Danny Gonen, and Reut Hasno, who lost her husband Avraham Asher Hasno.

Several musicians are scheduled to appear at the rally and perform, including singers Moshik Afia, Maor Edri and Amos Elgaly, and rapper Subliminal.

Singers Eyal Golan and David D’or, who initially agreed to perform, withdrew at the last minute in the wake of public outrage.

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“I would have liked to come to perform at the assembly in the name of art, and personally as a performer and as a human being. However, I’m sorry to say that there are those who will use this as a political spectacle,” Golan said.

D’or also decided against performing at the square, saying “I wanted to show my sympathy to the family of the soldier – not to say anything against the IDF or the IDF Chief of Staff, God forbid.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the issue on Tuesday, saying that “As the father of a soldier and as prime minister, I would like to reiterate: The IDF backs its soldiers. I am convinced that an examination of the event in Hevron will be done responsibly and sagaciously.”

The prime minister also expressed his trust in the courts, saying “in my familiarity with the military justice system, I am convinced that the court will consider all circumstances regarding the incident. Our soldiers are not murderers. They act against murderers and I hope that a way will be found to balance between the action and the overall context of the event. In the meantime I suggest that everyone lower the flames.”

Due to the event, Ibn Gvirol Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between Shaul HaMelech and Arlozorov streets. Frishman Street will be closed to traffic between Masaryk Square and Ibn Gvirol Street, David HaMelech Blvd will be closed to traffic between Weitzman Street and Ibn Gvirol Street, Gordon Street will be closed to traffic between Shlomo Hamelech Street to Malchei Israel, and the eastern side of Malchei Yisrael itself will be closed to traffic between Sderot Chen to Ben Gurion Boulevard.

 

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