Police arrest man suspected of inciting against Chief of Staff

Police arrest a resident of Jerusalem who took part in a demonstration during the reading of the verdict of Elor Azariya.

Orli Harari ,

Protest for Elor Azariya
Protest for Elor Azariya
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Police arrested on Saturday evening a 33-year-old resident of Jerusalem who took part in a demonstration on Wednesday outside the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv, during the reading of the verdict of Elor Azariya.

The man was arrested on suspicion of inciting against IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot.

During Wednesday’s rally, cries of “Gadi be careful, Rabin's looking for a friend" – a reference to Eizenkot – were heard. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit later ordered that an investigation be opened on suspicion of incitement to violence following the protest.

Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir, who represents the suspect who was arrested, said on Saturday night, "The suspect had been summoned for questioning on Sunday and intended to show up, but following the media assault, he was arrested.”

"He is a handicapped man, he is not feeling well, he came to the rally on behalf of Elor Azariya and protested the fact that he was abandoned. The statements made were made during a storm of emotions and the suspect regrets them and expressed remorse during the interrogation,” continued Ben Gvir.

“When Israeli Arabs wished for IDF soldiers to die, or expressed joy over the death of soldiers, no one arrested them,” he pointed out. “This young man came to the rally, for the sake of the army, for the sake of the nation, for the sake of a combat soldier who was abandoned on the battlefield. There is no particular reason for his arrest, especially when he apologized for what he said. It is sad that the police are acting out of political motives.”

Earlier in the week, a resident of Jerusalem was taken into custody and questioned by police over a Facebook post in which he lambasted the military court which convicted Azariya.

Investigators say the man’s post may constitute incitement to violence, and that the state prosecutor had approved the investigation.