Israeli College Lecturer on High Court Justices: 'I Hope That They’ll Be Hanged’ for High Treason

Dr. Anat Rimon Or of Beit Berl Academic College posted statement on Facebook after court rejected Palestinian hunger striker's plea to be moved to Ramallah hospital.

The High Court of Justice.
Michal Fattal

Dr. Anat Rimon Or, a lecturer at Beit Berl Academic College, wrote on her Facebook page that she hoped the High Court justices would one day be hanged for high treason, following their rejection of Palestinian hunger striker Mohammed al-Qiq request to be transferred to a Ramallah hospital.

Rimon Or wrote on Friday, “When the time comes, the High Court justices will be tried for treason on the highest level. I hope that they’ll be hanged like the last of the criminals against humanity for all the horror that they helped cause the Palestinians, for the miscarriages of justice against Israelis, and for the bias in favor of those who plunder natural resources.”

Her status was published along with an article about the court’s decision, and on Monday morning it was disseminated by former Yesha Council head Danny Dayan on his Twitter account: “And today in our ‘Because only the right incites’ slot, we will host Dr. Anat Rimon Or, a lecturer on the philosophy of education,” wrote Dayan.

Rimon Or later expressed regret and said, “In the wake of the storm aroused by my words, I would like to apologize and to clarify: I don’t hope for anyone’s death. I should have written with more restraint. I was emotionally upset at what seems to be a dangerous miscarriage of justice that is liable to lead to bloodshed in the region. I didn’t say that we should bulldoze the Supreme Court, I meant that I hope for days when judges’ decisions of the kind that was published on the issue of Al-Qiq, and situations of the kind that were created during the testimony of [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu in the Supreme Court, will be seen as unjust and illegitimate.”

Beit Berl’s response: “Dr. Anat Rimon Or teaches in various academic institutions as well as in Beit Berl. Her statements do not accord with the college’s worldview. This statement was in a private context and not in the context of her teaching at the college.”