In a rare move, a Jewish Israeli was charged on Monday with anti-Arab incitement and supporting a terrorist organization for Facebook posts in which he called for “slaughtering all the Arabs.”
Zohar Zuaretz, 33, of Petah Tikva was indicted for a series of posts over the last five years. He admitted to writing some of them, saying he was upset over the security situation and acts impulsively. In other cases, he refused to answer the police’s questions, saying it was an “enemy agency” conducting a “political investigation.”
He is currently out on bail, but his Facebook page has been removed.
According to the indictment, filed in the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court, his posts attacked both Arabs and the security agencies.
“It’s inconceivable that there’s such a thing as an Arab party,” he wrote in one. “Soon the Knesset will have a Hamas party.”
“All the Arabs and leftists should burn! Kahane was right!” the post continued, referring to Meir Kahane, founder of the Kach party, which was outlawed in Israel as a racist organization and in America as a terrorist one. In another post, Zuaretz urged Jews to embark on a holy war and “slaughter all the Arabs with anything that comes to hand.”
Following soldier Elor Azaria’s conviction for shooting a Palestinian assailant when the latter was already lying on the ground wounded, Zuaretz attacked the army. “Real Jews don’t enlist in the heretic army of evil,” he wrote. “I expect all soldiers, and I mean all, to desert and point their guns in the right direction.”
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When the illegal settlement outpost of Amona was evacuated, he wrote, “I pray that God will give one resident the courage to aim his rifle and spray the evil policemen/soldiers! I’ll celebrate every fatality from the humiliation forces!”
Zuaretz was charged with incitement to violence, incitement to racism and support for a terrorist organization. The latter is over a post featuring Kach’s logo of a clenched fist and the Biblical text, “Never again! God will avenge our blood, and we’ll fulfill ‘Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate Thee? And do not I strive with those that rise up against Thee?’”
He was also charged with spray-painting hateful slogans on a police car in 2003 and puncturing two of its tires, as well as spray-painting slogans on buses belonging to Afikim, a company that services both Israelis and Palestinians in the northern West Bank.