Settler Council Files Incitement Complaint Against Amos Oz Over 'Racist' Jibe

Leader of Samaria council argues police can't ignore charge, drawing parallel to Yitzhar resident who called for stoning soldiers.

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The Samaria settler council filed a complaint against Amos Oz for incitement yesterday, following the renowned author's statements calling perpetrators of hate crimes "Hebrew neo-Nazis," according to news portal Walla!

"The author's statements are grave incitement to racism, for which he deserves the Nobel Prize for racism," asserted Sagi Keizler, council chairman.

He argued that in the wake of the precedent of Eliraz Fein of Yitzhar, who was arrested after writing in a similar vein in an internal Yitzhar Internet forum, "the police won't be able to ignore the author's serious incitement."

Fein had written: “I am in favor of throwing stones (at Jews, of course; there is no question about Arabs) in some cases, even if the rock causes the death of a soldier!!!”

Speaking at a Tel Aviv event marking his 75th birthday on Friday, Oz said that terms like "hilltop youth" and "price tag" are "sweet names for a monster that needs to be called what it is: Hebrew neo-Nazis groups."

Oz added that in his mind, perhaps the only difference between neo-Nazis around the world and perpetrators of hate crimes in Israel is that "our neo-Nazi groups enjoy the support of numerous nationalist or even racist legislators, as well as rabbis who give them what is in my view pseudo-religious justification."