Left-wing Groups Call to Protest Herzog's Hanukkah Candle Lighting in Hebron

Herzog's visit 'to a settlement in the center of Hebron legitimizes the apartheid regime and the incessant settler violence under which the city’s Palestinian residents live'

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President Isaac Herzog with Shomron Regional Council head Yossi Dagan at the Salit settlement, in September.
President Isaac Herzog with Shomron Regional Council head Yossi Dagan at the Salit settlement, in September.Credit: עמוס בן גרשום / לע
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Left-wing organizations are calling for a demonstration in Hebron on Sunday in protest of President Isaac Herzog’s intention to light the first candle of Hanukkah at the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

In addition to the organizers of the demonstration, the groups Peace Now, Breaking the Silence, Crime Minister, Mothers Against Violence and the Mechazkim NGO will also participate.

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The event’s Facebook page read: “The visit of 'Citizen Number One' to a settlement in the center of Hebron legitimizes the apartheid regime and the incessant settler violence under which the city’s Palestinian residents live. He spent the first months of his presidency flattering and bowing to the settlers – and we are tired of it.”

The Peace Now movement said: “The settlement in Hebron is the ugliest face of Israeli control over the territories. It is inconceivable that the president, who is supposed to be a unifying figure, would choose, of all places, to light a candle in a place that has become a stronghold of oppression and violence. 

“We will come to Hebron and make it clear to Herzog that we do not accept his clear attempt to pander to the right-wing camp and that we will not allow him to normalize settler extremists,” Peace Now added. 

Breaking the Silence stated that “Herzog’s choice to mark the first Hanukkah candle in the stronghold of Kahanism is a shameful and tone-deaf decision. As he lights the candle, soldiers will be sent to close roads of the city in another demonstration of apartheid."

Breaking the Silence went on to say that they invite Herzog to read "some of the thousands of testimonies of soldiers who served in Hebron in order to understand how much violence, dispossession and racism the settlement in Hebron produces.”

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