Jewish Man Charged for anti-Arab Facebook Page

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An Israeli court files an indictment against an Upper Nazareth man who ran an anti-Arab Facebook page.Credit: Dreamstime

The Northern District prosecutor’s office on Wednesday filed an indictment in Nazareth Magistrate’s Court against an Upper Nazareth man who ran an anti-Arab Facebook page, charging him with incitement to racism and violence.

The page was called “Nazarenes on Face (Facebook for Jews only).” The accused, Yedid Bernstein, would post anti-Arab content there. The case is being investigated by the cyber unit of the Israel Police’s Lahav 433 special investigations team.

According to the charge sheet, during November and December 2013, and June and July 2014, Bernstein managed the Facebook page. It had 1,630 followers and its content was available to the general public. The page’s profile picture during part of this time had the slogan “Today everyone knows: Kahane was right,” a reference to the slain anti-Arab Rabbi Meir Kahane, whose Kach movement was banned as racist by the Israeli government.

The indictment noted that the Facebook page was active at a time when several terrorist murders, along with Operation Protective Edge, took place – a period of high tension between Jews and Arabs. “Against the background of this sensitive and volatile public atmosphere, the accused systematically published various items with the aim of inciting to racism and items that included calls inciting to violence,” the indictment read.

Among the posts listed in the indictment was one that read, “Dear Jews, from now in Upper Nazareth every Arab who enters gets beaten. I call on you to break everything, their car, their iPhone, their teeth. Let’s be strong and not be afraid, if it’s in the mall, in Rosco, Ben-Gurion south, don’t be afraid!!! Let’s start an intifada of our own!”

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