Police arrest Jerusalem Arabs for online incitement

Israeli police arrest four Jerusalem Arabs for terror incitement on social media.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

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The Jerusalem District Attorney's Office has filed an indictment against four Arab youths who posted incitement on social media and called on Arabs to commit terror attacks and murder Jews. The youths also posted support for terror organizations and terrorists.

The indictments were filed with the approval of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, as required by law.

According to the indictments, the suspects publicized via their social media accounts on several occasions incitement to violence and terror attacks against Israeli citizens and security forces. They also praised, encouraged, and supported terror attacks, identifying with the perpetrators and expressing support for terror organizations such as Hamas.

One of them, Gahad Ameera, 20, published a picture with Al-Aqsa mosque in the background and a masked terrorist holding a knife to a Jew in the foreground. The picture was captioned, "Stab them in the neck, you're a son of the West Bank." Next to the picture he wrote, "Stab them and don't be scaredy-cats, we're waiting for shahids. Let the knife wound their strength."

A few days later, he posted on his Facebook wall a picture of a masked terrorist holding a bloodstained knife in his right hand, in front of the blade of a sword. This picture was captioned, "The intifada continues" and "Our knives will never be sated. Stab the back of the enemy's neck. The intifada continues."

The other suspects, 19-year-old Mohammed Salah and Waleed Ragavi, as well as a 17-year-old, published similar pictures and messages on social media both this year and during the "silent intifada" which began in the fall of 2015.

The court as asked the police arrest the suspects until all legal proceedings against them have been successfully completed.

Israel has recently begun to take online incitement more seriously, even insisting Facebook change their policy and take down pages inciting terror against Jews and Israelis.

Facebook is known to silently aid terror attacks, by allowing incitement against Jews to go unchecked, despite Facebook users' complaints.