Israeli Man Indicted for Online Incitement Against Arabs, Leftists

The 70-year-old is charged with making numerous Facebook posts encouraging violence against Arabs, public figures and leftists.

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A 70-year-old man from Bat Yam was indicted Thursday for inciting both violence and racism on Facebook.

Uriel Tamir frequently posted responses on Facebook to articles he read on internet news sites, and he is being charged on account of 25 of them. Most of the posts in question relate to the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June 2014, the murder of Jerusalem teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir in July 2014 and the war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014.

The posts in question contained “calls for violence or words of encouragement for acts of violence against Arabs, public figures and leftists,” according to the indictment. Tamir also demonstrated “hatred and hostility toward Arabs and called for boycotting their businesses,” which constitutes incitement to racism, it added.

In April 2014, for instance, the Walla news site posted an article headlined “The settlers attacked and the soldiers stood by: ‘They should have responded.’” In a post, Tamir wrote, “I applaud the residents of Yitzhar who taught a lesson to the ratfinks of the police, the Border Police and also the army!! Next time, defend the community with guns! In the surrounding area and also in Israel, Arabs are setting up entire communities in the Galilee and the Negev, but nobody dreams of demolishing the buildings. On the contrary, the government wants to legalize the illegal construction of the Arab and Bedouin rabble!”

In another post about the Gaza war, Tamir wrote, “There’s only one solution: Destroy the Strip. Erase it completely. Every living thing that is in the Strip ... And after the Strip, destroy Israeli Arabs by the sword, and finally the Arabs of the West Bank and the leftists.”

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