Anti-Netanyahu Protesters Gather in Solidarity After Activists' Home Targeted With 'Traitors' Graffiti

Homes of anti-Netanyahu protesters in Nes Tziona were painted with threatening slogans, including 'leftist traitors'

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Anti-Netanyahu protesters in Tel Aviv's Dizengoff Square, September 2020.
Anti-Netanyahu protesters in Tel Aviv's Dizengoff Square, September 2020. Credit: Meged Gozani
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Over one hunrdred Israelis protested in the city of Nes Tziona after anti-Netanyahu activists were targeted with malicious, threatening graffiti on their homes.

The demonstration – calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and another corruption probe – was matched by three other protests taking place Thursday in Tel Aviv. In addition, some 20 Netanyahu supporters are protesting at the site of the graffiti in Nes Tziona.

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Three protesters from both camps have been arrested by the police.

Graffiti reading 'leftist traitor' near anti-Netanyahu activist Zvi Paltiel's home in Ness Ziona, Israel, December 12 2020.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

This act of vandalism is the latest in a string of actions against local activists. Earlier this week, Haaretz reported that the Shin Bet secret service department responsible for the prevention of Jewish terrorism is investigating an incident in which a stun grenade was thrown at a home in Nes Tziona. The suspected motive is the family's involvement in the protest movement against Netanyahu. The Shin Bet is also investigating the graffiti incidents.

In Tel Aviv, three marches from different parts of the city converged in Habima Square. The protests are organized by a group called "Investigation Now," which is calling for Israel's law enforcement agencies to probe the so-called submarine affair.

The affair involves an agreement with Germany’s ThyssenKrupp to buy some $2 billion worth of submarines and patrol boats. Senior IDF officers, public officials and a number of people close to Netanyahu are suspected of demanding and receiving bribes to advance the deals. Among the corruption allegations against Netanyahu is the approval of a sale of two submarines to Egypt in exchange for a discount on Israel's acquisition.

Meanwhile, some 20 people are protesting in front of Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz's house in Rosh Ha'ayin. They criticized Gantz's political conduct in the coalition and claimed he is folding in budget negotiations with Netanyahu. 

"We just heard in the news that Gantz intends to compromise with Netanyahu. The first time he was stupid, the second time he's a partner to crime. Benjamin Netanyahu was criminally indicted, he must not be prime minister and certainly his term must not be extended. Gantz, do not fold, go to the polls now," said activist Avi Kadish, referring to the looming December 23 deadline by which the Knesset must either approve a budget or dissolve, paving the way to a new election.