Israeli Official Incitement: May 2021

Israeli Incitement Reports
June 10, 2021


Israeli Official Incitement: May 2021

The month of May witnessed a sharp increase in Israel's official incitement amidst its aggression against the people of Palestine. For eleven consecutive days, Israel bombarded the Gaza strip leaving hundreds of Palestinian martyrs and thousands wounded. Moreover, the Israeli occupying forces and settlers attacked and assaulted hundreds of Palestinians in Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, Jerusalem's Old City, and in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, where 28 families face the threat of forced eviction/ transfer to pave the way for Israeli settlers to take over their homes. During various incidents, Israeli extremists and right-wing politicians raided the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to join Israeli settlers in their attacks against Palestinians. The Israeli aggression was also geared towards the Palestinian citizens of Israel, including in Acre, Al-Lydd, and Haifa.

During this wave of ferocious Israeli aggression, Israeli officials, including members of the Knesset, right-wing Zionist parties, and settlers' organizations, have exploited this situation to increase their incitement and hate speech on social media platforms against the people of Palestine and the Palestinian citizens of Israel.


I. Against the Palestinian People 


Ofir Akunis – Minister of Regional Cooperation, Member of the Knesset for the Likud party (Facebook, 12 May)

"(…) The Palestinian enemy is raising its head, as it did for the past 100 years, animals (…) now, we must support our excellent troops, and allow them to strike anyone who raises his hand against the citizens of Israel." 

Bezalel Smotrich – Member of the Knesset for the Religious Zionism party (Twitter, 10 May)

"Those terrorism-supporting enemies1 must be put on trucks and exiled immediately. Israel cannot afford an enemy from the inside such as this."

Itamar Ben Gvir – Member of the Knesset for the Religious Zionism party (Facebook, 11 May)

"Unfortunately, the number of enemy deaths2 is not increasing, which means that the army is only doing specific targeted missions (…)."

Bezalel Smotrich – Member of the Knesset for the Religious Zionism party (Twitter, 10 May)

"It turns out once again that those who choose shame will receive war. It's time to fight the Arab enemy3 and struck them, in Gaza, Judea and Samaria4, in Jerusalem, and anywhere they raise their heads. "I will pursue my enemies, I will catch them, and I will not stop until they are finished (...)."

Ofir Akunis - Minister of Regional Cooperation, member of the Knesset for the Likud party (Facebook, 10 May)

"(...)Today we celebrate the day of remembrance of the reunification of Jerusalem5, in the light of barbaric attacks by Palestinian enemies, and as you know, this is nothing new.

Lies and incitement have been going on for 100 years as if the purpose of the Jews returning to their homeland was to harm the Temple Mount6. This has nothing to do with the existence of the State of Israel or the unification of Jerusalem. This lie has always been an "excuse" for terrorism, bloodshed, and violence against people just for being Jewish (...)"

Itamar Ben Gvir – Member of the Knesset for the Religious Zionism party (Facebook, 08 May)

"The police forces who are facing the terrorists7 in the Temple Mount8 and throughout the country, including in Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood9, have our complete support. However, I demand the high political ranks to allow the policemen to defend themselves when Arab rioters10 throw stones and bottles at them. A policeman who puts his life at risk must use firepower instead of demonstrations' scattering tools."

Matan Kahana – Member of the Knesset for the Yemina party (Facebook, 18 May)

"I came to Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood11 to show support to the residents, police officers, and guards who have been under constant violence for a few weeks.12

It was determined by all judicial systems that the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood is Jewish property. We must not submit to Arab violence. Enforcing our sovereignty in Jerusalem indicates our sovereignty throughout the state.

Lach Yerushalayem13 (Facebook, May 06)

"The Arab incitement surrounding a legal judiciary process14 and the basic right for Jews to live anywhere in the state of Israel may end in bloodshed. Statements heard on the Arab street: "We will not be surprised if someone sacrificed their life for their homes."