Israeli Settler Charged With Incitement After Calling for Violence Against Arabs, Soldiers

In emails and on her Facebook page, Eliraz Fein of Yitzhar said she approved of throwing rocks at Arabs — and sometimes at Jews, including soldiers.

Eliraz Fein of Yitzhar at a Jerusalem court in July 2014 after her arrest. Fein, heavily pregnant, is accompanied by a man in street clothes wearing a police cap.
Emil Salman

A young woman from the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar was charged on Tuesday with inciting violence against Israeli soldiers and against Palestinians.

The indictment against Eliraz Fein in the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court cites two statements she disseminated on an email list for Yitzhar residents in 2014, after Israeli security forces demolished illegally built buildings in the settlement.

“I’m in favor of throwing stones (at Jews; obviously, there’s no question about Arab) in certain situations,” she wrote in one, “even if the stone leads to the death of a soldier!!!”

In another, she wrote, “I’ll back stone-throwers against any outside body, even in cases where they weren’t necessary.”

The charge sheet also cites Facebook posts and comments in which Fein called for violence against Arabs. After Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy, was murdered by Jews in July 2014, Fein wrote, “I’m proud and happy to discover that there are Jews who can’t stand on the sidelines and keep silent.”

After the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes was torched in June 2015, she wrote, “This time it was a church, out of consideration for Muslim sensibilities.” And after the murder of the Dawabsheh family in the West Bank village of Duma in July 2015, she wrote, “Scare them and make them understand that Jewish blood isn’t free for the taking ... I see this as a correct and appropriate deed.”

After she was charged in court, Fein wrote on Facebook. “I never thought of hurting Israel Defense Forces soldiers,” she wrote. “Dozens of soldiers have enjoyed the cakes that I’ve baked.”

“It’s an embarrassment that the prosecution, which has closed cases against Arab citizens of Israel who supported the Islamic State and terrorists and leftists who are truly interested in hurting IDF soldiers, is seizing on a sentence that was taken out of context and distorted,” she added. “It’s clear the goal is to smear the settlers in order to prepare the ground for another expulsion.”

He also accused the prosecution of “running roughshod” over her rights by denying her a pre-indictment hearing.