Photo: Amit Shabi
Nablus Gate. 'An Arab will get punched'
Netanel Ozeri. Broadcast in his memory
The Jerusalem Magistrates Court on Sunday indicted far-right activist Noam Federman for incitement.
Federman will be tried for statements he made goading violence against Arabs and in an attempt to thwart the Gaza evacuation Gaza while hosting his weekly internet radio show “Federman Uncensored.”
Two clauses of the indictment also cite comments he made on the TV programs “Land of the Settlers” and “Limousine.” Charges include incitement to violence and terrorism and publishing materials inciting to racism and rebellion.
In one radio show, Federman praised Natanel Ozeri, a former member of the outlawed extremist Kach party, who was murdered by terrorists in January 2003 at his home in an outpost of Kiryat Arba.
One of Rabbi Kahane’s top students, Ozeri studied at the Yeshiva of the Jewish Idea in Jerusalem, which was identified with the Kach party. Later he led the settlement of hilltops throughout the West Bank. He was arrested and held by police for three months, once for going wild at a funeral in Hebron.
'Sometimes there has to be a civil war'
Federman devoted the episode to extolling Ozeri’s memory, saying of him: “Sometimes you have free time at Yeshiva, on Shabbats for example, and you take advantage of it to go to the Temple Mount. On the way, you may hang out a bit at Nablus Gate, suddenly some fists may start flying and an Arab will get punched, or a stall will get knocked over, this was the order of the day."
"Weekdays (Netanel) would sit and study, but Saturdays were devoted to activity. I hope we learn from Neti Ozeri how not to sit idly when God is desecrated and when Jews are murdered – how to go to Nablus gate and overturn stalls and raise a ruckus and be loyal to Rabbi Kahane,” he added.
Federman made the comments while the nation was held in the grips of controversy over the plan to disengage from Gaza and northern Samaria.
One incident cited occurred in December 2004, when Federman said against the disengagement, “We can’t hide behind the pretty slogan: There won’t be a civil war. Sometimes there has to be a civil war because of the pain…when people are capable of expelling Jews from their lands so cruelly. I can’t accomplish this mission, but whoever can is a great fighter, a soldier…”
'A general problem called Arabs'
A few days later, Federman said: “This evil government doesn’t understand love, it only understands violence. If there’s violence, God willing, God will see our actions here and will save us."
"There are no rules! There are no red lines, no boundaries… Every man should do as he sees fit. Whoever wants to make himself a stronghold with gas balloons – should do so, and whoever wants to attack evacuators – should attack evacuators. There are no limits…” he added.
Federman also turned his wrath on Arabs.
“We must expel them from here,” he said once. “There will only be a resurrection if we evict them. The must be a significant and drastic change.”
Another time he noted: “We have a general problem here, called Arabs. Arabs in themselves are the enemy and this must be known. We must understand that they are all enemies. Of course if we internalize this and comprehend it, we’ll also understand that the only solution is to force out all the Arabs. The only solution is total expulsion.”
Federman also praised the members of the Bat Ayin underground group, who planted carriages full of explosives by a school in East Jerusalem and who called to block roads and vandalize train lines.