Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Angry crowd forces Israeli PM to halt speech
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Angry relatives of 42 Israelis killed in a huge forest fire last month forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop his speech Wednesday at a ceremony honoring the dead.
Family members shouted that he should be held responsible for the handling of the disaster response. Others directed their anger at Interior Minister Eli Yishai, who was escorted out of the hall. Firefighting services are part of his ministry.
Israel's firefighting services were unprepared for the huge fire, which destroyed swaths of forest in Israel's north. Since Israel lacked any suitable aircraft, Netanyahu had to appeal for help from abroad. Several nations, including the United States, sent firefighting planes that helped douse the blaze after four days.
During Wednesday's disturbance, bodyguards rushed toward the podium and formed a line to keep people away from Netanyahu.
Relatives yelled at him to resign and called the ceremony a disgrace. They objected to his attempt to identify with their personal pain without taking responsibility for the tragedy.
"We will find out the truth. We will not rest until we find out the truth," shouted one man from the crowd.
Netanyahu had to stop talking for several minutes while security officers restored order.
Among those who heckled Netanyahu was Danny Rosen, the partner of Israel's highest-ranking female police officer, Ahuva Tomer, the police chief of the northern city of Haifa. She was killed when flames enveloped a bus she was accompanying. It was carrying prison service workers toward a jail, where they were sent to evacuate prisoners.
The flames reached the outskirts of Haifa, Israel's third-largest city.
Netanyahu has attended a number of functions and meetings of officials in the aftermath of the fire, by far the largest forest fire in Israel's history.
Source : AP
P.S. The irony is that this zionazi cowered was forced to halt his speech because of angry relatives of the 42 fire victims and no one gets arrested, yet when a similar thing was done to Israel’s ambassador to the US Michael Oren's during his speech at UCI by students angry at this war criminal and his government's part in the murder of of more 1400 people in Gaza in what is known as "operation Cast Lead" 2008; UCI campus police arrested 12 young adults, including three UCI students, among them the president of the university’s Muslim Student Union (MSU) and the Muslim students were called thugs amongst other names and were suspended for one year due to zionazi groups pressure in Orange county.