Israel's Official Incitement: February 2021

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March 04, 2021


Israeli Official Incitement : February 2021

With the Israeli parliamentary (Knesset) elections approaching 1, the month of February witnessed a relentless flow of inciting statements against the Palestinian people by senior Israeli officials, including members of the Knesset, right-wing Zionist parties, and settlers' organizations. This report highlights inciting statements against the International Criminal Court, the Palestinian leadership and Palestinian citizens of Israel, mainly members of the Joint List party, and various political statements by senior Israeli officials endorsing colonization and annexation schemes against the land and people of Palestine.


I. Against the International Criminal Court in The Hague2


Benjamin Netanyahu- Prime Minister, Minister of Construction and Housing, Member of the Knesset Chairman of the Likud party (Facebook, 06 February)

“When the International Criminal Court in The Hague investigates Israel for highly false war crimes, this is pure anti-Semitism. This court was established to prevent tragedies like the Nazi Holocaust against the Jewish people, and now it is attacking the only country of the Jewish people.

First, the court claims that when Jews live in their homeland, in Shilo3, Hebron, Beit El4, and even in our capital, Jerusalem - this is a war crime. Secondly, the court claims that when our heroic soldiers protect us from terrorists5 who come to kill our children, and launch missiles at us – they are also committing war crimes (...)”

Nir Barkat- Member of the Knesset for the Likud party (Facebook, 06 February)

“The decision of the International Criminal Court in The Hague against Israel is completely unfounded. Israel is the only democratic and enlightened country in the region. It will continue to defend itself in various ways and will not allow terrorists or judicial terrorist6 to win.”

Bezalel Smotrich – Member of the Knesset for the National Union Party and will be running the elections as the chairman of the Religious Zionist alliance7 known as HaTzionut HaDatit (Twitter, 6 February)

“Prime Minister @netanyahu must order the evacuation of Khan al-Ahmar8 tomorrow morning. Any other decision would be somewhat an acknowledgement of the delusional allegations of the anti-Semitic court of The Hague. What matters is not what the nations say, but what the Jews do9.”

Naftali Bennett- Member of the Knesset for the Yemina party (Facebook, 06 February)

“The International Criminal Court in The Hague proved yesterday- once again- to be the source of the modern anti-Semitism.

Although their claims hide behind the masks of "humanity" and "human rights", yet behind them stands pure anti-Semitism and harassment against the Jewish people.

The International Criminal Court is not doing justice, but supports politics and modern anti-Semitism (…)”


Avi Dichter- Member of the Knesset for the Likud party (Facebook, 07 February)

“Yesterday, the International Court of The Hague proved its hostile and anti- Semitic approach against the State of Israel and its security forces. It is no coincidence that the United States stands with Israel, even under the new administration.

On Friday evening, the International Criminal Court laid the foundations for a criminal investigation against Israel, after it ridiculously recognized the Palestinian Authority as a state with rights in court.

I have already predicted the decision of the International Criminal Court back in October that is why I have decided to propose a bill that protects IDF soldiers and security forces personal who risk their lives for the good of the citizens and the residents of Israel.

According to the bill, an Israeli who cooperates with a country or a body that helps a hostile international institution (the International Criminal Court as such) pushing the criminal judicial procedure against Israel will be prosecuted according to the law. Of course, except for certain exceptions mentioned by the law.

Members from both the coalition and the opposition joined my bill proposal, and with the formation of the new government, I will begin working on legalizing the bill.

Time is over for the Israelis10 who live with us in order to defame us and to fuel those who hate us (…)”

Avigdor Lieberman- Member of the Knesset for the Yisrael Beitenu party (Twitter, 05 February)

“As the world is facing the Corona crisis, the International Criminal Court in The Hague chooses to start a war aimed to undermine Israel's right to defend itself from terrorism11 We're talking about a ridiculous and outrageous decision.”

Osnat Hila Mark- Member of the Knesset for the Likud party (Twitter, 06 February)

“The decision of the International Criminal Court in The Hague is an expression of the modern anti-Semitism. When the Jews are not in diaspora and being targeted - we will target their country. I despise this decision and I say to those who sit in this institution – a nation cannot occupy its own land!”

Nissim Vaturi- Member of the Knesset for the Likud party (Facebook, 06 February)

“Meet Fatou Bensouda, the main prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, who received the approval of the judges of the court known for their "love" for Israel, to open a ridiculous investigation against Israel for "war crimes" committed in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria12.

What you do not know about her is that she worked as the minister of Justice in the Islamic dictatorship in The Gambia. She is biased, she is anti-Semitic, and the one who signed a series of false claims against Israel.

The International Criminal Court was established after the Holocaust that our people went through. The same court decided yesterday to harm the only national home which we returned to after 2,000 years of difficult diaspora. It is important to note that the court did not have the courage to initiate this procedure during the administration of President Donald Trump in the United States. Now with Biden's administration, this is his first test of his relationship with Israel.

The court is ignoring that the land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel, and the disgrace decision to investigate Jewish settlements in all regions of our land, especially in Jerusalem, our capital, is a crime itself.

The heroic soldiers who defend us from the terror of “Arabs of Judea and Gaza” can get interrogated about false “war crimes”, while the real criminals who control the Palestinian Authority and who are considered “naive sheep” are not questioned in the court, despite the numerous war crimes they have committed, such as the bombings, inciting for terrorism and ethnic cleansing of Christians in Judea, Samaria13 and Gaza.

The state of Israel is the only democratic country in the Middle East and defends its citizens from terrorism every day. It is recommended that the court refrain from its anti-Semitic view and work on investigating war crimes committed by the Palestinian Authority and crimes committed in the dictatorships of Syria and Iran.”


Gilad Erdan – Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nation and Israeli Ambassador to the United States (Twitter, 6 February) 

“Israel completely rejects the distorted anti-Semitic decision taken by the International Criminal Court. It is no accident that both Israel and the United States have refrained from becoming members of this biased and political institution. We are a democratic country with an independent judiciary. The ICC has no jurisdiction whatsoever in this matter. The decision is an attack not only against Israel but against all democracies undermining the ability to defend civilians against terrorism. The court was established to investigate the World gravest war crimes but instead it meddles in political disputes rewarding Palestinian terrorists and pushing the Palestinians further sway frim the momentum of peace now taking place in the region.”

Danny Danon – Former Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Chairman of World Likud (Twitter, 6 February)

“The @IntlCrimCourt Chief Prosecutor #FatouBensouda demonizes #Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, while ignoring countries who carry out horrific human rights abuses. If anyone should be on the stand it should be ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.”

II. Against the Indigenous Palestinian citizens of Israel


Matti Yogev – Member of the Knesset for the Likud party (Twitter, 25 February)

“We in the rightwing will embrace and accept everyone who sees himself as a part of this country and a partner. We will not accept the aides and supporters of terrorism masked as representatives of the Arab citizens14 in the State of Israel, while they care about the interests of terrorists15.”