Singer Achinoam Nini Says She Was Threatened at Airport, Called 'Israel-hater'

In a post on Facebook, left-wing singer says she was told, 'We'll take care of you like Geffen,' in a reference to writer who was attacked.

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 Achinoam Nini, aka Noa. 'I’m worried about the welfare of innocent civilians wherever they may be.'
Achinoam Nini, aka Noa. 'I’m worried about the welfare of innocent civilians wherever they may be.'Credit: Daniel Bar-On

Israeli singer Achinoam Nini on Sunday wrote on her Facebook page that she was recently threatened at Ben-Gurion airport by people who called her an "Israel-hater" and said they would "take care of her like Geffen."

That reference was to the attack last week in which writer Yehonatan Geffen was attacked at his home near Netanya, when an intruder burst into his house, tried to hit him, branded him a leftist traitor and then fled.

Nini's message read, "I returned to Israel from Italy a few days ago. A nice welcome was waiting for me at the airport: 'There's Achinoam Nini!' 'Israel-hater,' they shouted. 'We’ll take care of you [like we did] Geffen!' Nice, huh? Welcome to the nightmare we have woken up to."

Following last week’s Knesset election, Geffen posted an update on his Facebook page saying that March 17 – Election Day – should be declared “the Nakba Day of the peace camp.” (Nakba – “catastrophe” in Arabic – is the term used by Palestinians in refer to what happened to them when Israel was founded in 1948.)

Following Netanyahu’s victory last Tuesday, Geffen also wrote, “The people have again elected a person whose rule is based on scaring the people.” He called Netanyahu “a racist.”

Nini, for her part, has previously said that she has paid a price in Israel for “being outspoken about peace and expressing left-wing political views."

Last year, she turned down an award from an Israeli recording arts association due to its decision to give a lifetime achievement award to Ariel Zilber, an Israeli singer known for his right-wing views.

She also called Israel “a fascist state” after a left-wing teacher was questioned by school officials for trying to persuade students not to join the Israeli army.

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