Israeli Official Incitement: November 2019

Israeli Incitement Reports
December 10, 2019

Israeli Official Incitement: November 2019

This report highlights recent inciting statements by senior Israeli officials, including members of parliament and political parties. It includes examples of official Israeli incitement against the Palestinian people and leadership, UNRWA, European Union, as well as racist statements against the indigenous Palestinian citizens of Israel; particularly their representatives in the parliament.


I. Ongoing Assaults against Gaza


Benjamin Netanyahu- Prime Minister, MK Likud (Facebook, 26 November)

If someone in Gaza thinks that he can raise his head after the ‘Black Belt’ operation - he is wrong and very mistaken. We will respond firmly to every attack against us and will continue to maintain the security of Israel on all fronts.”

Benny Gantz, MK Leader of Blue and White Party (Twitter, 12 November)

The terrorist Baha Abu al-Atta1 who was assassinated tonight is doomed to death. Just like Hamas chief of staff, Ahmed Ja’bari, just like any other terrorist who commits murderous acts against the citizens of Israel.”

Ram Ben Barak, MK Blue and White Party (Twitter, 12 November)

The Islamic Jihad commander2 who was eliminated tonight was doomed to death. The targeted counterterrorism policy is an important strategy for combating terrorism…”

Yoaz Hendel, MK Blue and White Party (Twitter, 12 November)

“….the elimination of the terrorists' heads is necessary3. So as a very strong military response in the face of their reaction, in order to restore deterrence. There is no other solution…”

Gila Gamliel- Minister for Social Equality, MK Likud (Twitter, 12 November)

“So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD4. I congratulate the IDF and security forces for the successful assassination. Let every terrorist know- the long hand of Israel can reach everywhere5...” 

Yifat Shasha Biton- Minister of Construction and Housing, MK Likud (Twitter, 12 November)

“…..whoever attempts to threaten the security of the state of Israel must know that his blood will be in his head …”

Itamar Ben Gvir, Leader of Otzma Yehudit Party (Twitter , 12 November)

“…we have assassinated one, we must assassinate one every day. We must drain the swamp till they beg us to stop.”

II.  Against the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)


Nir Barkat- Former Mayor of Israel's Jerusalem Municipality, MK Likud on the UNGA voting to extend the mandate of UNRWA (Twitter, 27 November)

“In the wake of the UN decision to extend the mandate of UNRWA, an organization used for incitement and terror, I have submitted a bill to oust the organization from Israel, majority of blocs in Knesset supported the bill- Likud, the New Right, the Jewish Home–National Union, United Torah Judaism, Shas and Yisrael Beitenu…”

Ofir Sofer, MK Jewish Home- National Union retweeted Nir Barkat's post with the following comment on his twitter account:

“I was delighted to join such a very important and just bill submitted by my friend Nir Barkat to oust UNRWA from Israel. There is no place for inciters and the supporters of terror in our state.”


III.  The Indigenous Palestinian citizens of Israel


Rafi Peretz- Minister of Education, MK Jewish Home-National Union Party (Twitter, 24 November)

Supporting the Islamic Movement's northern branch means supporting terrorism. Congratulations to the court on Raed Salah's conviction for supporting the outlawed organization. I hope that the verdict against him will be as severe as possible. The state of Israel has no place for the supporters of terror, even if they are Israeli citizens.”

Benjamin Netanyahu- Prime Minister, MK Likud (Facebook, 16 November)

“Gantz, today I am also ready to sit with you to establish a national unity government. This is what should be done. What is forbidden to be done, even for one day or for one moment, is to form a minority government with terror supporters. There is a red line here. My phone rings every night. They tell me prime minister you should strike here, you should strike there. What should I tell them? Wait a bit, I need to take the approval of Ayman Odeh? I need to take the approval of Ahmad Al-Tibi?...This issue would sabotage Israel’s security. It would constitute an existential threat to Israel.”

Naftali Bennett- Minister of Defense, MK the New Right Party (Facebook, 17 November)

If the government of Israel will be affiliated with the Arab Joint list, then the 25 terrorists who were killed this week will be still alive. For those members, the IDF operation is like a premeditated murder. I urge Benny Gantz not to extend his hand for this.” 

Itamar Ben Gvir, Leader of Otzma Yehudit Party (Twitter, 17 November)

Pictures with kids (which I have nothing against) won't help either. You are a terrorist and your place is in prison. Anyone who supports the murder of IDF soldiers cannot appear to be good to us.”