President posted message to Facebook condemning the murder and urging restraint and co-existence; responses included threats to his life and accused him of being ‘traitor’ and ‘terrorist.’
The Shin Bet has instructed the President’s Office to file a police complaint over threats made against President Reuven Rivlin, following his condemnation of the arson attack that killed an 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsheh in the West Bank last week.
The Jerusalem District Police have yet to receive the complaint.
Rivlin harshly condemned the perpetrators of the arson attack, who are suspected to be right-wing Jewish extremists. Rivlin also spoke out against the public atmosphere of incitement that bred the incidents.
“Flames have engulfed our country,” President Reuven Rivlin said at a demonstration in Jerusalem’s Zion Square Saturday night over the stabbing at the Gay Pride Parade in the capital. “Flames of violence, flames of hatred, flames of false, distorted and twisted beliefs. Flames which permit bloodshed in the name of the Torah, in the name of the law, in the name of morality, in the name of a love for the land of Israel. ”
On the day that Dawabsheh was killed and his family seriously wounded, Rivlin posted a message in both Hebrew and Arabic, denouncing that attack. “More than feeling shame, I feel pain,” Rivlin wrote. “Pain over the murder of a little baby. Pain that members of my nation chose this way of terror and lost their sense of humanity. Their path is not my path. Their path is not our path. Their path is not the path of the State of Israel and it is not the path of the Jewish people.”