Knesset: Nationalist MKs blamed for court graffiti

MKs Swid and Elharar calls emergency meeting of pro-rule of law caucus following 'repeated attacks on Supreme Court.'

Gil Ronen ,

Revital Swid
Revital Swid
Knesset Spokesperson

MKs Revital Swid (Labor) and Karin Elharar (Yesh Atid), who co-chair the Knesset Caucus for Fortifying the Status of the Rule of Law, announced Wednesday that they are calling an emergency session of the caucus in view of the "repeated attacks on the Supreme Court."

"Any ordinary citizen, who would threaten and incite against the Supreme Court and its judges, as senior ministers and MKs did in the last few weeks, would find himself under police investigation and facing a charge sheet," Swid stated.

"The graffiti on the walls of the Supreme Court are an attempt to create intimidate the High Court before a judicial decision, through bully tactics," said Swid. "This is a direct result of the violent and crude incitement led by ministers and MKs, who granted it legitimacy with their statements."

"When we established the caucus we hoped that there would be no need for it," Swid wrote. "Regrettably, in view of the repeated attacks on the Supreme Court, we have no choice but to call an emergency session in the Knesset on Tuesday, November 11."

The graffito scrawled on the Supreme Court's external wall overnight says: "One does not tear down a synagogue. We want a Jewish state." The statement  is a reference to the planned destruction of a synagogue in Givat Ze'ev, north of Jerusalem.

Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni reacted to the graffiti on Twitter by tying it to a recent statement by MK Moti Yogev, according to which it is time to take a D-9 bulldozer to the Supreme Court.

"Yogev's D-9, the threats against [Supreme Court] Judge Fogelman, the silence of the government and the person at its head regarding the disrespect for the rule of law," she tweeted. "The writing has been on the wall for a long time and one does not need graffiti for that."

The Israel Police's Moriah Precinct has launched an investigation into the graffiti.



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