Israeli Official Incitement: September 2019

Israeli Incitement Reports
October 07, 2019


Israeli Official Incitement: September 2019

This report highlights recent inciting statements by senior Israeli officials; including members of political parties, the Parliament (Knesset), as well as leaders of extremist and illegal settlers’  organizations. It includes examples of official Israeli incitement against the people of Palestine in Gaza and the Bedouin village of Al Khan Al Ahmar, BDS movement, as well as of fierce wave of incitement ahead of the Israeli elections against the indigenous Palestinian citizens of Israel; particularly their representatives in the Knesset.1 


I. The Indigenous Palestinian Citizens of Israel


Yoaz Hendel, MK Blue and White Party (Israeli Channel 13, 28 September) 

“The foundation stones of the State of Israel is that Israel is a Jewish democratic state, in my opinion whoever does accept democracy such as the Kahanists should be ousted, also whoever does not accept Israel as being the state of the Jewish people must be boycotted. Therefore, the Arab Joint List will not be part of any government that is why we will not sit with them…there are Knesset members who must not be in the Knesset like Ofer Cassif [Joint List member].”  

Gilad Erdan, Minister of Internal Security, Minister of Strategic Affairs and Minister of Information MK Likud (Israeli Channel 13, 23 September)

“The Arab members of the Knesset, in particular, opposed a law to accelerate the establishment of police centers in the Arab neighborhoods. They are mainly interested in visiting terrorists in jail, and in almost every process of law enforcement in the center they criticize the police instead of supporting them.”

Gilad Erdan, Minister of Internal Security, Minister of Strategic Affairs and Minister of Information MK Likud (Twitter, 22 September)

“Odeh hates Israel, he praises the murderous Arafat, he visits the murderous terrorists and does neither condemn Hezbollah nor Hamas, he said in an interview on Palestinian Television that everything needs to be done to overthrow the prime minister and the Likud (because he sees the achievements in front of the United States as tremendous damage to his interests, the interests of our enemies), he complains about incitement, it makes sense.”

Itamar Ben Gvir leader of Otzma Yehudit party (Twitter, 22 September)

“To summarize the elections’ campaign that has ended …the fact that high percentage of people voted for us proves that the existence of Otzma Yehudit is crucial,  however all the players in the political arena have demonstrated weakness particularly in front of the terrorist slate2  which means we are in essential need of Otzma Yehudit.”

Eli Ben Dahan, Deputy Minister of Defense inciting against Palestinian MK Ahmad Al-Tibi (Twitter, 22 September)  

“Ahmad, you are lying shamelessly, shame on you. 4000 years ago our ancestors were promised the land of Israel, even before you dreamed of existing in this land. No fictitious mythical people would ever take our right to sovereignty in this land. The land of Israel, is for the people of Israel. Your lies won’t change this fact.”

Bezalel Smotrich, Minister of Transportation and Road Safety MK Yamina party (Twitter, 21 September)

“Gantz, Lapid and Lieberman are seeking to liquidate Zionism and the rule of law and are aiming to seize power at any cost. While they are boycotting their brotherly Haridim – Ultra Orthodox Jews- they are embracing the supporters of terror, the deniers of the Jewish State. This is very sad. It would be interesting to see in this Oslo government figures like Hauser, Hendel and their partners [Blue and White members]…”

Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister MK Likud (Twitter, 18 September)

“Israel needs a strong and Zionist government. There won’t be, and cannot be, a government that relies on anti-Zionist Arab parties who are denying the very existence of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, parties that glorify the terrorists who are thirsty of bloodshed and are murdering our soldiers, our people and our sons as well.”

Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister MK Likud (Facebook, 17 September)

“…Kafr Manda shows shocking high percentage of voting among Arab community, it is high, there are queues of voters since the early morning, there is very high interest to vote , I don’t recall such interest since long years. This is not the campaign of ‘save me’, this is the reality, they are trying to hide this reality from you. There is very high percentage of voting in the towns of the left, meanwhile the percentage of voting in the Likud towns is low. If you wish to prevent Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz from sitting on this chair..and to establish a left government with the Arab slates, if you wish to prevent this disaster you must wake up , wake up and go to vote…”

Itamar Ben Gvir leader of Otzma Yehudit party (Twitter, 11 September)

Next time Ayman Odeh approaches the prime minister from zero point in such a threatening way, he might carry a knife. Ayman Odeh is the man who supports the murder of IDF soldiers, his place is in Syria and not in the Knesset. In the next Knesset we will take care not to allow the supporter of terror Odeh to sit in the Israeli Knesset.”

Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister MK (Likud) accused the indigenous Palestinian citizens of Israel of forging the elections (Twitter, 8 September)3

“The cameras prevent theft in elections.”