Avraham Burg
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Former Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg said that he has more sympathy for the residents of the Arab village of Huwara than for the Jewish community of Har Bracha following the murder of two Har Bracha residents in Huwara a week ago and the subsequent riot in Huwara by a group of Jews.

"It is not wise to sympathize with the people on Har Bracha - it is wise to sympathize with the victims in Huwara," Burg told 103FM Radio. He added that "Har Bracha should be evacuated. It cannot be allowed to remain."

Burg was filmed confronting police on Friday when he attempted to enter Huwara to demonstrate his solidarity with the residents of the Arab village. He has not visited the family of Hallel and Yagel Yaniv, the Jewish brothers who were murdered in Huwara last Sunday.

While he said that he feels bad for the Yaniv family, which lost two sons and brothers, he asked: "Do I have to go therein person and express my grief? The answer is no."

"They are not my brothers, I don't have genetic brothers, I have brothers in terms of ideology," he claimed.

In a video posted on social media on Friday, Burg is seen attempting to advance toward Huwara, but he is blocked by the Border Police officers who push him to the ground.

The editor of the haredi newspaper Mishpacha, Yossi Elitov, said in response to Burg's actions: "As the sage Rashi says, when our people fall, they fall as low as possible."

The Border Police stated: "The forces acted properly and with the sensitivity required to carry out their complex mission, we expect cooperation and listening to the security forces [from the public and public officials] in every mission - especially during these days."

Burg served as Speaker of the Knesset for the Labor Party from 1999-2003. In 2011, he declared himself to be 'post-Zionist, and has compared the State of Israel to Nazi Germany, most notably is his book 'Defeating Hitler.'