Photo: Gil Yohanan
Bassi. Compared to Judenrat
Photo: Alex Kolomoisky
Right-wing activist and head of the "Women in Green" movement Nadia Matar was indicted Wednesday on charges of insulting a public official, after comparing Disengagement Authority Chief Yonatan Bassi to Jewish collaborators with the Nazis.
In a letter to Bassi, first published by Ynet, Matar wrote: "The truth is you're a modern-day version of the Judenrat. In fact, a much more terrible version, because during the Holocaust this was forced upon Jewish leaders by the Nazis and it's very difficult for us to judge them today."
According to the indictment, a day after the letter's publication on Ynet, Matar submitted to an interview with Army Radio and repeated the same charges made in the letter. The rightist activist later repeated the remarks in an interview with Channel 10.
'Disengagement executors sold their souls to the devil'
After learning of the State Prosecutor's Office's intention to file an indictment over the affair, Matar said she was glad the government of Israel made a terrible mistake that it would be sure to regret. Matar said the trial will allow her to hold a public trial against the Gaza and northern West Bank withdrawal and those who executed it, headed by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
"I will prove in the courtroom that Yonatan Bassi, as well as the architects and executors of the disengagement crime, ranging form the prime minister to the lowliest official, sold their souls to the devil and became the successors of the Nazis, the Arab terrorists, and PLO, Hamas, and Jihad activists."
At the time, Matar added she hopes the trial would lead to a crisis among government ranks and eventually lead to the toppling of "Ariel Sharon's malicious government."
Efrat Weiss contributed to the report