Israelis protest possible U.S.-brokered release of Arab prisoners

Secretary of State John Kerry pictured with Israeli peace negotiator Tzipi Livni and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. Credit: State Department.

( Some 200 Israelis marched in Jerusalem on Wednesday to protest the possible U.S.-brokered release of Arab prisoners, Israel Hayom reported. The demonstrators held pictures of some 300 Israelis killed by prisoners who were released or were about to be released as part of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Meir Indor, director of the Almagor Terror Victims Association, called on the Israeli government to stand firm and not give in to “U.S. extortion” in the negotiations.

The march originated from the intersection of King George Street and Jaffa Road, the site of a major 2001 suicide bombing. Some of the perpetrators of that attack, which took place at a now-defunct Sbarro pizza parlor, were released by Israel.

Protesters started the demonstration by reciting Psalms. Then, Rabbi Yehuda Ben-Yishai, whose daughter Ruth Fogel was killed in Itamar three years ago along with her husband and three of her children, recited the Mourner’s Kaddish. Demonstrators then marched to the U.S. Consulate on Agron Street to protest the reported American offer to release imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard alongside the Palestinian prisoners. They chanted, “Do not release terrorists,” “Don’t let Jewish blood be spilled,” and “Don’t release murders.”

Posted on April 3, 2014 .