Meretz Knesset candidates and Peace Now asked the attorney general on Sunday to order a police investigation of the Samaria Settlers Committee for alleged incitement with its new video comparing Europeans to Nazis and left-wing groups as their Jewish collaborators.
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“This incitement video, which was totally financed with public funds and ends with a figure hanging from a tree, is a Goebbels-style act of incitement that could lead to bloodshed and another political assassination,” Peace Now wrote in its letter to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.
The animated video posted Saturday, which quickly spread through news sites and social networks, shows a European bigwig sitting in his office behind a broadsheet paper resembling Haaretz (called “Hasmol”) whose front page features changing stories that besmirch Israel and the Israel Defense Forces. The office intercom buzzes repeatedly, after which a shrill voice with a German accent announces, “Herr Sturmer, the Jew is here!” (“Herr Sturmer” is a reference to the infamous Nazi-era newspaper Der Sturmer.”)
A Jewish figure enters the office and excitedly offers his master incriminating reports about settlers, the treatment of Palestinian children, the IDF, and checkpoints. In return the European overlord laughs and says, “Good, Good,” and tosses him euro coins.
“The video by the Samaria Settlers Committee hints at the culpability of left-wing organizations and at the need to attack them. The left meant to be attacked is us,” wrote Meretz Knesset candidates Mossi Raz and Gaby Lasky.
They also asked Weinstein to investigate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in connection with a Likud video posted over the weekend that portrayed the left as a threat to allow Islamic State to advance on Jerusalem.
“We already have experience with Netanyahu’s inciting remarks, as expressed during the demonstrations of the 1990s against [Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin, may his memory be blessed, and that were also expressed last summer during Operation Protective Edge when the focus was, once again, the left and the Arab public,” wrote Raz and Lasky in their letter to Weinstein. “Now, to serve his electoral needs, Netanyahu is once again using incitement to scare and terrify, and to turn the Israeli left into a target for his poisonous barbs, despite the potentially dangerous consequences of this.”
The video posted by Netanyahu shows a light truck (bearing a bumper sticker reading “Just Not Bibi”), carrying fighters waving ISIS flags traveling along a dusty road. They encounter another driver and ask, “How do we get to Jerusalem, bro?” and the latter responds, “Take a left.” The video ends with a bullet-pocked screen reading, “The left will capitulate to terror.”
Commanders for Israel’s Security, made up of more than 180 retired senior members of the security forces, stated that they “reject the incitement implicit in the video. Inserting political incitement into the security discourse harms Israel’s national resilience.”