(JNS) Israel’s national lottery, Mifal Hapayis, announced today that it is cancelling a NIS prize awarded to a documentary film about the life of controversial Israeli attorney Lea Tsemel.
The move comes after thousands of Israelis canceled their subscription to the national lottery this week in protest over the prize, which was awarded to the film, titled “Advocate,” at last month’s DocAviv film festival in Tel Aviv.
The film positively portrays Tsemel, who gained notoriety in Israel for defending terrorists with blood on their hands, including dozens of Hamas terrorists. She also defended Abdel Aziz Salha, who was pictured in an infamous photograph waving his blood-soaked hands in the air after the lynching of two Israel Defense forces soldiers in Ramallah in 2000.
According to i24 News, Tsemel also represents Arafat Irfaiya, who earlier this year murdered and raped 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher.
Leading the protest against the prize was the Choosing Life Forum of Bereaved families, which, accompanied by the Zionist organization Im Tirtzu, called on Mifal Hapayis to cancel it.