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Israel's Justice Minister receives death threats

Monday 28 October 2013 15:10

Mel Frykberg

Israel's Justice Minister, Tzipi Livni, has been receiving death threats from hard-line Israeli right-wingers who perceive her as a traitor for her support of the release of Palestinian prisoners.

This happens a day after Livni's associates accused members of the right-wing Habayit Hayehudi party of 'wild incitement' against the justice minister surrounding the expected release of 26 Palestinian security prisoners on Tuesday.

The Justice Ministry's security chief filed a complaint with Jerusalem District Police after threats to assassinate Livni and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were posted on the former's Facebook page.

One of the posts on Livni's Facebook page reads, "I pray that one of the Hilltop Youth murders you or Netanyahu. You are a group of miserable people. I pray that someone murders you. Traitor.  A servant of the enemy."

Israel's former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was murdered in 1995 after right-wingers incited violence against him for signing a peace agreement with the Palestinians during the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords.

Critics say a similar atmosphere of incitement is building up in Israel against politicians who wish to negotiate with the Palestinians.

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