Minister heckled at Mercaz Harav


Israel’s education minister cut short a visit to the Mercaz Harav yeshiva after being severely heckled by protesters.

Yuli Tamir, one of the founders of the left-wing Peace Now movement, was hustled off by her bodyguards Sunday as scores of right-wing protesters converged on her screaming epithets such as “murderer.”

The Labor Party minister had come to the yeshiva in sympathy for the eight students killed in last week’s shooting spree.

Many in Israel’s religious nationalist movement accuse leftists of encouraging terrorism by favoring territorial concessions to the Palestinians.

Left-wingers reject the criticism, arguing that continuing to control the lives of millions of Palestinians makes the Jewish state more vulnerable to attack and threatens the future of democratic Zionism.

Tamir’s office had no immediate comment on the incident.


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