Daily Israel Report

Peace Now Calls for 'Incitement' Probe of Anti-Violence MKs

The leftist Peace Now organization is accusing three MKS of incitement for attending a protest against illegal immigrants in south Tel Aviv.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 5/24/2012, 3:08 PM

Yariv Oppenheimer
Yariv Oppenheimer
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The leftist Peace Now organization is accusing three MKS of incitement for attending a protest against illegal immigrants in south Tel Aviv.

MKs Miri Regev, Danny Danon, Yariv Levin (all of the Likud) and Michael Ben Ari (National Union) all attended Wednesday's demonstration, which ended with 17 arrests and an assault of a foreign worker. At least 1,000 residents and supporters rallied to the cause.

Peace Now chairman Yariv Oppenheimer petitioned the Attorney General to launch an investigation against Regev, Danon and Ben Ari for incitement to violence.

"The MKs' racist calls and incitement to violence were quickly translated into action on the ground,” Oppenheimer charged.

Danon scoffed in response, “Enough with this self-righteousness. The State of Israel is at war with an enemy state of infiltrators, with its capital in south Tel Aviv. The solution to all the negative things they bring with them is immediate deportation – before it's too late.”

Regev was criticized for a remark made at the demonstration in which she called the flood of illegal immigrants – with whom rising statistics of violent crimes have been correlated – as “a cancer in our society.”

She explained Thursday that she was referring to “the spread of a negative phenomenon. This is a manifestation of rage that has been unleashed after a long time, an issue of people feeling unsafe in their own homes. It's a real demographic threat,” she pointed out. “Israel should adopt the U.S. protocol of returning infiltrators to the border within 72 hours. We need to understand that the residents' lives have become unbearable. Jews and Israelis are frightened of living in their own country... charity begins at home.”

Residents of south Tel Aviv's Hatikva neighborhood are soon to be offered self-defense courses which are being organized by MK Michael Ben Ari and Baruch Marzel. The intiative comes in response to pleas for help from people who live in the area and who say they feel they are at the mercy of the recent violence by illegal African aliens, reportedly with little response from local police. Similar reports are emanating from other cities in which there are significant populations of the African illegals, such as Eilat and Arad.