"Incitement" Video Leads to More Incitement; Source Unclear

Media rushed to incite against all nationalists for a film supposedly inciting to kill. Email to Arutz Sheva said it was made by a citizens group.

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INN Staff, | updated: 20:28

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INN 's earlier article about the "incitement to kill" films has been updated and modified below as more information has been obtained:

Mainstream media Monday rushed to incite against all nationalists for a film calling for the murder of a government prosecutor.

But Arutz Sheva received a bizarre email letter  that claimed the movie was produced by an ad hoc group as part of an effort to reduce incitement from both sides of the political spectrum. Another letter to INN followed which said it was the work of a person acting alone and for the abovementioned goal. Unnamed sources reported that police have a suspect, said to be a right wing secular Israeli.

The story in detail:

A media blitz went into high gear early Monday morning after it was discovered that a video was making web rounds that specifically called for the murder of deputy prosecutor Shai Nitzan, a figure many consider to be against Jewish Judea and Samaria residents, and who is accused in the film of “persecuting Jews” and ”collaborating with Arabs.”

Police said they would investigate “extreme right wingers.” Opposition leader Tzipi Livni railed against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for allowing an “evil wave” to whip through the nation.

Several nationalists suggested that the video might have been a fake to embarrass the right-wing, but mainstream media dismissed the theories as being bizarre.

More bizarre was the media’s ignoring a message attached to the video that stated that the "'Citizens for Change in Israel's public discourse' condemn any call to murder".

One morning later, another movie was posted, this time targeting Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Hours later, a supposed citizens group of about 50 people, composed of both right and left-wing elements, wrote to Arutz Sheva that it had met to figure out how to stamp out incitement on both sides of the political spectrum and come up with the idea of extreme videos that would make people recoil from incitement.

After it became apparent that the videos were misinterpreted as being incitement themselves, the letter said that the concerned citizens pulled the film and sent a letter to issue an explanation of their true intention.

Later, a lone individual wrote INN that he was solely responsible and that the group did not know about what he had done.

However, on Tuesday, the same mainstream media that campaigned all day Monday against the “evil wave” ignored these developments. The English versions of Haaretz and Ynet did not update the episodes, except for a news brief on Ynet. The Jerusalem Post settled for a brief note on the Barak video without connecting it with the Nitzan video.

Voice of Israel government radio talk show host Yaron Dekel had a field day Monday, interviewing Kadima and Labor party leaders who condemned the nationalists while unenthusiastically giving nationalist National Union Knesset Member Dr. Michael Ben-Ari time to question the source and importance of the whole incident.

On Tuesday morning, Dekel was silent – not a word on the issue. Voice of Israel barely mentioned it and relied on its Hebrew website to quote the citizens’ group as saying that they reject calls for murder. The intention of the videos seems to have been “to protest against the incitement in Israeli society, and they are not actually calling for the murder of anyone,” the website explained in Hebrew.

Police, however, were said by sources to have found an individual whom they feel is behind the  bizarre and unsettling episode that set the entire mainstream media on a witch hunt against those with nationalist views.