Activist Arrested for Video Calling for Officials' Murder

Uri Baram, a rightist activist, admits to making and uploading an internet video clip calling for the murder of Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan.

Yaniv Kubovich
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A resident of Ra'anana was arrested yesterday on suspicion of creating and publishing an internet video clip calling for the murder of Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan.

Uri Baram, accused of uploading inciting videos, Jan. 12, 2011. Credit: Nir Keidar

The suspect, Uri Baram, a rightist activist, first denied making the clip but after a brief interrogation admitted making and uploading it. He told the police he was also responsible for a video clip inciting for the death of Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

"I take full responsibility for the clips," Baram told the Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court yesterday. "I didn't believe all this would happen and I am ashamed. I acted arrogantly and rashly, I ask the court, Shai Nitzan and the defense minister to forgive me."

Police took computers, discs and documents from Baram's house, suspecting he was involved in more than just moviemaking.

Baram, 33, a member of an extreme right-wing organization and formerly a Likud party member, is married and a father of one. In court, the prosecution said Baram is active in the Habayit Hayehudi party and in the past belonged to the "Jewish Leadership" faction of the Likud, which is headed by far-rightist Moshe Feiglin.

One of his Facebook profile pictures features the words "Kahane was right," a reference to slain exteme right-wing rabbi Meir Kahane.

Baram's wife said her husband had nothing to do with the clips but did not deny they were members of a rightist group.

Baram's attorney Zion Amir said although his client had created the clips it will be hard to prove he had distributed them. He said Baram took the clips offline when he "realized the problem eight hours after they were put online."

"He feels deep sorrow for the message conveyed by these clips and regrets it deeply and sincerely," Amir said.

Baram was reportedly active in extreme rightist campaigns and several clips and recordings can be found online in which he speaks out against foreigners and Arabs.

The court extended his remand by seven days for fear his release would obstruct the investigation and endanger the public.

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