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Protesting President Herzog `candle lighting` visit to Hebron settlers
Herzog`s visit `to a settlement in the center of Hebron legitimizes the
apartheid regime and the incessant settler violence under which the citys
Palestinian residents live`

Left-wing organizations are calling for a demonstration in Hebron on Sunday in
protest of President Isaac Herzogs intention to light the first candle of
Hanukkah at the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

In addition to the organizers of the demonstration, the groups Peace Now,
Breaking the Silence, Crime Minister, Mothers Against Violence and the Mechazkim
NGO will also participate.

The events Facebook page read: The visit of `Citizen Number One` to a
settlement in the center of Hebron legitimizes the apartheid regime and the
incessant settler violence under which the citys Palestinian residents live. He
spent the first months of his presidency flattering and bowing to the settlers
and we are tired of it.

The Peace Now movement said: The settlement in Hebron is the ugliest face of
Israeli control over the territories. It is inconceivable that the president,
who is supposed to be a unifying figure, would choose, of all places, to light a
candle in a place that has become a stronghold of oppression and violence.
We will come to Hebron and make it clear to Herzog that we do not accept his
clear attempt to pander to the right-wing camp and that we will not allow him to
normalize settler extremists, Peace Now added. `Herzog seems to have decided he
wants to be the president of the settlers. It`s not too late to change it`

Breaking the Silence stated that Herzogs choice to mark the first Hanukkah
candle in the stronghold of Kahanism is a shameful and tone-deaf decision. As he
lights the candle, soldiers will be sent to close roads of the city in another
demonstration of apartheid.` Breaking the Silence went on to say that they
invite Herzog to read `some of the thousands of testimonies of soldiers who
served in Hebron in order to understand how much violence, dispossession and
racism the settlement in Hebron produces.


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