Two West Bank Settlers Charged With Incitement Over Racist Website

'Hakol Hayehudi,’ based in the West Bank settlement Yitzhar, called for violence against Arabs.

Chaim Levinson
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In a rare move, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has approved an indictment against two West Bank settlers for racism and incitement to violence, for their work on the website “Hakol Hayehudi,” which has praised violence against Arabs.

“Hakol Hayehudi” (“The Jewish Voice”) was established by Yitzhar residents as a weekly pamphlet in 2003, with support from Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, under the tagline “News for Happy Jews.” Later, the pamphlet became a website featuring news and other articles, updated several times. The website advances Ginsburgh’s agenda on many subjects, including spiritual matters and relations with Arabs. The website advocates a policy of employing only Jews and features many articles supporting that position.

“Hakol Hayehudi” has been a bother to the Shin Bet security service almost since the website’s inception, as a since-discontinued weekly feature that revealed some of the organization’s operating protocols. The website is widely believed to encourage youth to engage in “price tag” attacks against Palestinians.

In an indictment issued on Sunday by the Central District Court prosecutor, Yitzhar residents Yehoshua Hass, 41, and Avraham Binyamin, 29, were charged with incitement to violence and racism. Hass and Binyamin are listed as the founders of and primary contributors to “Hakol Hayehudi.” According to the charge sheet, they “systematically included content that incited to violence and racism against Arab Israelis and Arab Palestinians … including remarks labeling them as abhorrent, murderers, violent, wild, unruly, evil, obnoxious, terrorists, cruel, abusive, criminal, hostile and enemies.”

The indictment includes 36 images of pages from the website. One article from March 2010 read: “In [the Jerusalem neighborhood] Pisgat Ze’ev, three Arabs were beaten while walking around the neighborhood. Thank God, the righteous people of Pisgat Ze’ev are hard on the abusive Arabs, and they created a Facebook group called ‘something must be done about Arabs going around with Jewish girls.’”

In July 2010, an article on the website read: “He came for entertainment, and in the end he was used for entertainment himself. A young Arab went this week to have a good time in [the Jerusalem neighborhood] Neve Ya’akov. The Arab’s hair was combed and gelled. A few happy Jews came along with clubs, fixed up his hair, and some other body parts too.”

Another article dated November 2011 read: “How must we treat the enemy? A proposition for a practical plan … 1. Defining an enemy: An enemy is a people that sends individuals to engage in hostile activities against us. If that people, or their leadership, want to appear as if they’re unconnected from the fighting, they must prove that by taking active steps and extraditing these offenders. Any other action is actually a show of support of fighting against us, and that defines the entire population as an enemy. And, of course, an enemy we must fight.”

An article from 2012 entitled “Why I understand activists in favor of mutual responsibility” read: “Why harm Arabs? Once we understood that there is anarchy here, we see that the actions of the government against Jews are not done by rule of law, but they are part of the anarchy. Activists against these actions are meant to be a signal both for the Arabs, and for the institution as well: If the public decides to be violent and win through anarchy, then that goes both ways.”

Yitzhar residents have been linked to violence against Arabs in the past: 'Condemned,' 'price tag,' and 'Mitzpe Yitzhar' painted on a Jerusalem mosque, Dec. 14 ,2011.Credit: Jerusalem Fire Dept

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