Israeli Minister Calls for Investigation Into Incitement by Arab Colleagues
JNS.org — Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan urged Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to launch an investigation into three Joint Arab List members of Knesset on suspicion of incitement to violence and murder.
Erdan’s call for MKs Ayman Odeh, Jamal Zahalka and Haneen Zoabi to be investigated comes after Wednesday’s car-ramming attack in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran that killed Israel Police Advanced Staff Sgt. Maj. Erez Levi.
The attack took place during a riot that broke out as police forces were executing eviction and demolition orders over illegal construction. Most of the Joint Arab List party’s lawmakers were present at the scene, and took advantage of their parliamentary immunity to agitate the already volatile situation and clash with police.
“The attack that led to the death of Advanced Staff Sgt. Maj. Levi did not take place in a vacuum and did not happen in isolation from the events that preceded it,” Erdan wrote Thursday in his appeal to Mandelblit. “The vile attack was preceded by long and ongoing malicious and methodical incitement, with the participation of publicly elected officials from Israel’s Knesset.”