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Israeli TV Interview with Emilie Grunzweig, Peace Now Grassroots Organizer (Hebrew)

Emilie Grunzweig during Channel 2 Interview

Grunzweig quote in article below:

"When my full name appeared on the Peace Now statements, the phone calls became much more blatant, threatening and specific. The anonymous people who made the threats promised me that my end would be same as Emil's, if I don't stop my activity in Peace Now. I receive a threat at least once every two days."

Yedioth Achronoth: "Emil Grunzweig's Niece Also Threatened"

by Zvi Singer

   In recent months there has been a growing number of threats against left wingers and members of the Peace Now organization. Among those who received threatening phone calls is Emily Grunzweig, aged 24, niece of the late Emil Grunzweig, who was murdered during a Peace Now demonstration 25 years ago.

   Grunzweig, a law and political science student, was until recently an organizer in the left wing movement. "At first there were violent and threatening phone calls in the style of: "You are traitors and criminals," she told Yedioth Ahronoth yesterday. "When my full name appeared on the Peace Now statements, the phone calls became much more blatant, threatening and specific. The anonymous people who made the threats promised me that my end would be same as Emil's, if I don't stop my activity in Peace Now. I receive a threat at least once every two days."

   In spite of the harassment and threats to her life, Emily Grunzweig refrained from complaining to the police. Today, after the bomb attack on Prof. Sternhell, she admits that this was a mistake.

   After the explosion, police knocked on the door of Peace Now Secretary General Yariv Oppenheimer, and told him that they would be guarding his house. "Defense Minister Ehud Barak phoned me and I told him that we expect him to take steps to deal with this threat," Oppenheimer said. "Barak promised that he would take the matter seriously."

   "The phone callers do not hang up quickly as soon as they have made their threat," Oppenheimer said. "They explain calmly that if we continue doing what we are doing, our end will be like that of Emil Grunzweig, who was killed by a grenade thrown by Yona Avrushmi." Oppenheimer says the extreme right "is a threat to the existence of Israeli democracy. The law  enforcement agencies have to end their leniency towards these lawbreakers amongst the settlers and their supporters, before another political murder takes place in Israel."