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Will Professor 'Judd' Ne'eman be Questioned for Incitement?

Professor "Judd" Ne’eman is a film director who calls for a civil war. Will he be summoned by police like rabbis were over a halakhic book?
By David ben Yacov
First Publish: 7/7/2011, 11:13 AM / Last Update: 7/7/2011, 11:51 AM

Moti Kikion

Professor Yehuda "Judd" Ne’eman, Professor Emeritus at Tel Aviv University's Faculty of the Arts, an Israel Prize winner and renowned film director/cinematographer, has said that there should be a civil war between the political left and the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria -- the "settlers".

Science Minister Professor Daniel Hershkowitz , Chairman of the ‘HaBayit HaYehudi’ party, strongly condemned the statements, saying:

“Judd Ne’eman’s bellicose statements of incitement put the law enforcement system to the acid test. If the system ignores someone’s call for a civil war, and his irresponsible sedition against an entire population, this will be a harsh blow to the principle of equality before the law, and will shake the people’s confidence in the system.”

MK Aryeh Eldad (National Unity) said, “Judd Ne’eman’s statements reflect the idiom about the pot calling the kettle black. Anyone suggesting civil war after losing the elections, anyone proposing the use of weapons against the democratic majority, is much closer to fascism and neo-Nazism than are those who represent the majority of the people, and who serve them in the Knesset."

"Judd Ne’eman doesn’t simply produce films. He is living in a surreal movieland, a movie where the lunatic, delusional left wing can impose its dictatorship on the people, the kind of Stalin-esque dictatorship that was founded on the corpses of those who opposed it,” he added.

The responses were especially relevant since Israeli media have featured the much pulicized arrests of two renowned rabbis, Rav Dov Lior and Rav Yakov Yosef, for writing "haskamot", approbations, for the controversial "Torah Hamelekh" ("King's Torah"), all week.  The two were apprehended by police after they  refused to answer a summons to come for questioning on the issue.

The left considers the book, which delineates halakhic aspects of the wartime dilemma when the choice is killing enemy civilians rather than endangering Jewish soldiers' lives, incitement. It is not known as this item is published whether Shai Nitzan, the Assistant Attorney General who chose to summon the rabbis, sees Professor Ne'eman's statements as incitement.