Israeli authorities have become aware of a newly distributed video calling for the murder of Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan for his alleged persecution of Jews and defense of Arabs, Israel Radio reported Monday.
The video, distributed in the last 24 hours using the email address of Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman, accuses Nitzan of "persecuting and hassling Jews, defending Arabs and cooperating with them."
The clip claims that Nitzan did not move to investigate incidents of Arab incitement against Jews, concentrating solely on Jewish incitement cases.
The makers of the controversial video also refer to a recent request made by Nitzan to investigate a Facebook group called "Death to all Arabs," adding that now Nitzan was welcomed "to investigate who was calling for his own murder."
A statement released later Monday by the Justice Ministry denied any link to the video, saying that the messages conveyed in the clip "were very grave, and we denounce them completely."
"We are confident that a thorough investigation will be conducted in the matter until those responsible are uncovered," the Justice Ministry said.
Opposition leader and Kadima chairperson Tzipi Livni also denounced the video, saying the "police must act urgently and aggressively against this dangerous phenomenon."
"The public rejection must be clear and run across all parties," Livni added.
Last week, the deputy state prosecutor requested that police investigate the creators of the Facebook group "Death to all Arabs," as well as another group entitled "Protest in Umm al-Fahm against the Islamic Movement."