Last year, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel announced at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in Washington that he was planning to take his son Zach to Israel for his bar mitzvah. “This memorial break, I am taking my son, my nephew Noah with Ari my brother, so they can have their bar mitzvah in Israel,” said Emanuel. Now, right-wing Israeli activists, who consider Emanuel a “traitor” to Israel because of the Obama administration’s stance against new settlement construction, are threatening to “blow up” his son’s ceremony with protest:
Two notorious, right-wing Jewish activists got wind of the bar mitzvah trip, due to take place next week, and warned Emanuel they would “blow up” the celebration. They accuse Emanuel of being behind President Obama’s tough stance against Jewish settlements in occupied territory.
Itamar Ben Gvir and Baruch Marzel wrote to Emanual: “We promise to accompany your son’s bar mitzvah events in Israel, we will make sure to receive you as you deserve to be received … with catcalls and disgust.”
Despite being willing to disrupt his bar mitzvah, the two activists claim their ire doesn’t extend to Emanuel’s son. Ben Gvir told the Jerusalem Post that “if the kid would come alone to the Wall without his father, we would be happy and we wouldn’t complain. But with all that Rahm Emanuel has done against the People of Israel and Land of Israel, we would have no choice but to demonstrate.” “I think he is worse than Hamas,” said Ben Gvir.