Israeli Man Sentenced to 18 Months Prison Time for Incitement to Kill Arabs

Shlomi Avraham, 42, made inflammatory Facebook posts after 2014 murders of three yeshiva boys and of Mohammed Abu Khdeir

Demonstration outside the Jerusalem District Court during murder trial of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 2014.
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Be’er Sheva Magistrate’s Court on Sunday sentenced an Arad man to 18 months in prison, growing out of his conviction for publishing inflammatory content against Arabs in the summer of 2014 after the murder of the three teenaged yeshiva students in the West Bank and the murder of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

Shlomi Avraham, 42, also received an eight-month suspended sentence.

In March Avraham was convicted of writing 12 Facebook posts inciting to violence and 27 inciting to racism, including calls to abduct and murder Arabs, on the Facebook page “Knufiyat Al Yahud” (the Jewish Gang).

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In her ruling, Judge Sarah Habib referred to a post that said: “They’re murdering our brothers, raping our sisters. We’re tired of keeping quiet. The hillltop youth are over. The settlers are over. The price tag is over. We’re the next name: Knufiyat Al Hayud.” Habib ruled that this was incitement to violence.

In another post he wrote: “They’re f--king our little girls. Slaughtering our children. And we are peace lovers.” In this case the judge said the post was “not aesthetic” but didn’t incite to violence or racism, and was therefore not prohibited.

One of the posts leading to Avraham’s conviction was made after the abduction and murder of Abu Khdeir. In the post Avraham counts the dead Arabs and Jews, and writes: “They’ve started. We’ll continue and end the campaign. And meanwhile 1:3 today will be 3:9 for the Jewish people. The Al Yahud gang is on the roads.”

Avraham’s defense attorney said he plans to appeal the court decision, and the judge agreed to delay implementation until early November, subject to payment of a high bail.