Protesters block junctions across Israel in response to Itamar attack
Demonstrators amass in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, urging the government to take action in response to Friday's deadly terror attack on a family of five in the West Bank settlement.
Protesters disrupted traffic in major junctions across Israel on Sunday, in response to the deadly attack of a family of five in the settlement of Itamar on Friday.
The protests broke out mere hours after the funeral of the Itamar terror victims concluded, as thousands of Israelis turned out at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem.
The Fogel family - father Udi, 37, mother Ruth, 36, 10-year-old Yoav, four-year-old Elad, and three-month-old Hadas - were all stabbed to death in their home. Two other children in the house at the time were not hurt in the attack.
Following the funeral, dozens of protesters attempted to block traffic in several major intersections in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and elsewhere
Demonstrators protesting what they considered to be the government's lenient West Bank policy amassed near Tel Aviv's Azrieli junction, not far from the city's IDF headquarters, which also houses the Defense Ministry.
Protesters also descended near the Chords Bridge at the entrance to Jerusalem, with some calling for Israel to avenge the deadly attack in Itamar. Another protest took place at El Al junction, near Ben Gurion International Airport.
Speaking at the funeral in Jerusalem, Vice Premier and Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Yaalon said earlier Sunday that the Itamar terror attack highlights an existential threat to Israel.
"This murder reminds everyone that the struggle and conflict is not about Israel's borders or about independence of a repressed nation but a struggle for our existence. Therefore, we cannot continue speaking about security while the essence is neglected – the essence which is Israel's right to its land," said Yaalon.
"Whoever gives up this right won't have security either. In this difficult hour we must rise from the rubble and do the most natural thing – continue building and developing Israel," Yaalon continued.
Motti Fogel, brother of Udi Fogel, eulogized his younger brother but warned that his death cannot be used as a pawn in a national struggle.
"All of the slogans we hear are trying to efface the simple fact that you're dead, and nothing can efface that. This funeral has to be a private affair," Fogel said, adding: "A man dies to himself, to his children. Udi, you are not a national event. You're horrible death mustn't make your life into a pawn."