Uri Baram of Ra'anana, accused of distributing a video advocating the murder of Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan, was indicted yesterday by the Kfar Sava Magistrate's Court on charges of incitement to violence, incitement to racism, destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice.
According to the indictment, the video was distributed after the state decided not to open a criminal case against the organizers of an art exhibit that allegedly demeaned Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
Baram is charged with distributing a video that included a photograph of Nitzan and captions calling for his murder, as well as him stating "instead of protecting the people of Israel from the Arabs, he provides cover for the Arab pigs and collaborates with them against the Jews."
The defendant allegedly uploaded the video to a file-sharing website and sent it to a number of people via e-mail, making it appear that the messages were sent from the office of Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman. After it was reported that an investigation into the video had been opened, Nitzan allegedly removed it from the Web and created another clip entitled "A Call for the Murder of Defense Minister Ehud Barak by Anarchists," in which he expressed opposition to violence against Nitzan or Barak.
Baram is also said to have changed his cell phone number to avoid being linked to calls he allegedly made to a journalist.
Representatives from the state said the acts Baram is accused of committing were motivated by an extremist ideology and are part of a wider phenomenon of threats and harassment seen among extreme right-wing activists against civil servants and Israel Defense Forces officers.
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