Israeli Official Incitement: August 2019

Israeli Incitement Reports
September 08, 2019

Israeli Official Incitement: August 2019

This report highlights recent inciting statements made by senior Israeli officials; including members of Israeli political parties and newly elected members of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset). It includes examples of official Israeli incitement against the Palestinian people, leadership, and President - as well as against the indigenous Palestinian citizens of Israel.

 

I. Palestinian Prisoners, Martyrs, and their Families

 

Itamar Ben Gvir, leader of Otzma Yehudit Party (Twitter, 16 August)

“It is time to restore deterrence: to immediately expel terrorists' families, to eliminate terrorists and to return to retribution operations back to the days of the 101unit. This is the only way to eliminate terror!”

Itamar Ben Gvir added in another Tweet on 16 August

“The reality that terrorists are staying in summer camps, celebrating every night holding luxurious parties at the expense of the Israeli taxpayers….is a weird reality that never happened elsewhere in the world.”

Naftali Bennett, former Minister of Education and the fourth candidate in the Yamina slate (a merge between Union of Right-Wing Parties and the New Right party) (Twitter, 8 August)

“…deterrence is not built by words, in such a day, the doors of hell must be opened for Hamas and its establishments. Today we must impose- yes today- the Israeli law in Gush Etzion through a decision by government…we should dismantle the organized groups in jail, every prisoner should be by himself."

In another Tweet on 8 August, Naftali Bennett added 

“There is no longer a ‘Hamas section’ and ‘PLO section’, there are only prisoners, and terrorists should stop receiving the monthly murder salary…”

Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister MK Likud (Twitter, 6 August)

“This evening report regarding the visits made Knesset members from the left parties to convicted terrorists who murdered Jews, reveals how distorted and dangerous the left is. Since 2016, by virtue of the Likud's policy and the Knesset decision that I led together with Minister Gilad Erden, we have stopped these visits. This is the real difference between a strong right and a weak left.”

Gilad Erdan, Minister of Internal Security, Minister of Strategic Affairs and Minister of Information MK Likud (Twitter, 6 August)

“Three years ago, I stopped despicable visits of terrorists and prevented Arab Knesset members from continuing to use their immunity to strengthen vile terrorists. Since then, no Arab MK has visited a terrorist in prison!...”

 

II. The Ongoing Israeli Assault on Gaza

 

Moshe Ya’alon MK Blue and White party in an interview with occupation ‘Army Radio’ (Twitter, 26 August)

“ …we must strike Hamas including targeted liquidations, this is how they will understand that they should not keep harassing us. Dismantling Hamas military power does not necessitate occupying Gaza.”

Benny Gantz MK leader of Blue and White party in an interview with Knesset Channel (Twitter, 24 August)

“ ..we will dismantle Hamas military power , we will use all available tools: air, sea and ground. Gaza will be completely calm, we must restore deterrence in the area.”

Rafael (Rafi) Peretz, Minister of Education MK United Right, the second candidate in the Yamina slate (a merge between Union of Right-Wing Parties and the New Right party) (Twitter, 1 August)

…Hamas terrorists are the sons of death and so should be treated."

III. The Indigenous Palestinian Citizens of Israel

 

Ariel Kallner MK Likud (Twitter, 26 August)

“Let us annul the law which allows the dismissal of candidates and parties! The first thing I pledge to annul in the next Knesset is item 7 entailed in the Knesset Basic Law. Right now the Supreme Court as well as left wing organizations are using this item to only prevent the participation of right wing candidates while those supporting terror are being protected …”

 

Bezalel Smotrich, Minister of Transportation and Road Safety,  MK United Right, the third candidate in the Yamina slate (a merge between Union of Right-Wing Parties and the New Right party), criticizing Israeli judicial system for not banning the Joint list’s participation in the upcoming Israeli elections (Twitter, 25 August)

“We have enemies who want to destroy us. There are Jews that I disagree with them in many issues , they come from the right place and want to fight our enemies but the Israeli Supreme Court choose to ban their participation [in elections]…..”

Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister MK Likud published a video as part of Likud electoral campaign in which he incites against Palestinian MK Ayman Odeh (Twitter, 22 August)

“Ayman Odeh announced that he will join Lapid-Gantz government. What does this mean? That the supporter of terror will sit in the left government, he salutes Barghouthi and Ahed Al-tamimi and supports martyrs, and refrain from condemning those killing soldiers, he considers members of the right wing government as murderers, he also says that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine…”

 

Gilad Erdan, Minister of Internal Security, Minister of Strategic Affairs and Minister of Information MK Likud inciting against Palestinian MK Ayman Odeh (Twitter, 22 August)

“It is now clear that whoever will vote for White and Blue party will probably get a left-wing government which includes a terror supporter. Ayman Odeh also make it clear that the price that Israel will pay will be: unrestrained illegal construction, annulment of nation-state law, additional dormitories for battered women, continuing to blame the police for violence in the Arab society…”

 

Itamar Ben Gvir leader of Otzma Yehudit party inciting against Palestinian MK Ahmad Al-Tibi (Twitter, 21 August)

“This is not ethnic cleansing but the dismissal of terrorists! You don't have to be in the Knesset, but in prison!”

 

 

IV. President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Leadership 

 

Bezalel Smotrich, Minister of Transportation and Road Safety, MK United Right, the third candidate in the Yamina slate (a merge between Union of Right-Wing Parties and the New Right party) in an Interview with Israeli Channel 13 (Twitter, 23 August)

“The Palestinian Authority is the largest sponsor of terror in the State of Israel. Barriers must be positioned in Judea and Samaria [Occupied West Bank] roads, making sure that no terrorist would leave the house with weapons, or move freely in the streets and carry out the attack and then return home safely."

Bezalel Smotrich, Minister of Transportation and Road Safety, MK United Right, the third candidate in the Yamina slate (a merge between Union of Right-Wing Parties and the New Right party) (Twitter, 4 August)

“Arafat is a terrorist and a mass murderer with Jewish blood on his hands. The fact that such a murderer becomes a national leader says a lot about your nationalism and its murderous and anti-Semitic characteristic. Identifying a 'moderate leader' like you explains why exactly there is no chance for reaching peace with you that is not based on submission.”