Rightists march in Sheikh Jarrah
Photo: Gil Yohanan
A lecturer at Ben Gurion University has issued a Facebook call for violence against right-wing activists who marched through the capital with flags on Jerusalem Day, urging people to "break their necks".
"I call on the world to come and help break these scoundrels' necks," Eyal Nir, a doctor of Chemistry known as a left-wing activist, wrote on the social networking site. He described the rightists as "gangs of bandits swarming in our country".
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But his status invited a deluge of negative responses. "What gross incitement from a university 'lecturer'," one wrote.
Dr. Eyal Nir's Facebook page: Come help break their necks
"And what hypocrisy. Imagine a lecturer at Bar-Ilan saying all leftists should have their necks broken. He'd be out of there before he could press 'send'."
"It's incitement to violence and a criminal violation," wrote another Facebook user. "I guess incitement is only criminal when it comes from the Right."
Dr. Nir also linked an article about the arrest of a left-wing protester on suspicion of incitement and called for "the removal of the mask of liberalism from Israel's Zionist, occupying, settling, and wild face."
In response to the comments he received on his posts, Dr. Nir says he believes it was warranted.
"During the Jerusalem Day march a gang of a few dozen bullies walked through the city's Arab streets calling death to Arabs, death to leftists, burn their villages," he wrote.
"I believe that the response of any reasonable, peaceful and just individual should be that they must be prevented from acting out their threats such as in terrorist activities dubbed 'price tag'. I believe my cry for stopping them is reasonable, and actually the silence from society and the Israeli system in the face of this incitement to terrorism and terror itself is what should be written about in the papers."
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