A far-right 18-year-old Israeli youth is currently in police custody for having planned a deadly attack on left-wing protestors at a rally held in Tel Aviv on December 19, it was reported Monday evening, December 28. Channel 10 News reported that the youth was arrested at the demonstration after he threw a glass bottle at the protesters which caused no injury. Chased by police, he was found to be carrying several more bottles and a large kitchen knife. Under questioning, the youth, from Holon, said he had intended to attack the protesters, the report said. The youth was arrested on the corner of King George Street and Hanevi’im Street. Channel 10 said it was not clear why news of the arrest was not released earlier.
The night of December 19, 3,000 demonstrators rallied in Tel Aviv, among them several activists from Hadash and the Communist Party of Israel. Organizers had given the protest the title “Standing Together – against a government that incites instead of offering solutions; against the far-right’s attempts to silence and intimidate, from inside the government and from outside.” The protest began outside the Likud party headquarters in the city’s Metzudat Ze’ev building, “because the hands may be those of Im Tirtzu, but the voice is that of Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet ministers,” charged one organizer. The protest marched from there to the memorial for assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at Rabin Square.