Police Arrest Operators of Extreme Right Website Over Calls for Violence

Three Yitzhar settlers who operate 'The Jewish Voice' website are suspected of incitement to racism; the site encourages 'price tag' attacks against Palestinians and criticizes IDF.

Israel Police arrested three Yitzhar settlers on Monday, charging them with incitement to racism and violating the Shin Bet Security Service laws for a website that calls for "price tag" attacks on Palestinians.

The three, students of extremist Rabbi Yitzhak Ginzburg, operate "The Jewish Voice" website, which reports news on settlements and outposts, criticizes the IDF, shows sympathy for "price tag" attacks and publishes articles by Rabbi Ginzburg. The site also reports on Shin Bet attempts to recruit agents.

Extreme website - screenshot - June 13, 2011

The police searched the suspects' homes early Monday morning and confiscated computers. They also arrested a minor suspected of setting fire to a Palestinian field. The four were being questioned and will most likely be released during the day.

The "Jewish Voice" website responded by saying the arrest is a violation of its right to freedom of speech. "These actions remind us of dark regimes," it said in a statement.

In 2003, Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein decided to indict rabbi Ginzburg for incitement to racism. Ginzburg published a book called Tipul Shoresh ("Root Treatment") which compared Arabs to a cancer.