Far-right activist Itamar Ben Gvir on Thursday filed a libel suit against Army Radio and presenters Razi Barkai and Nurit Kaneti, demanding an apology and compensation in the sum of $400,000 for denying him airtime to respond to criticism from Dalia Rabin, the daughter of the late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Rabin was hosted by Barkai and Kaneti following a confrontation between Ben Gvir and Noa Rothman, Dalia Rabin’s daughter, on Tuesday. Ben Gvir and other activists had gathered outside an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the swearing-in of the 1992 Rabin government. The demonstrators held Hebrew signs reading, “Oslo criminals must be put on trial.” After the ceremony, Ben Gvir confronted Rothman and initiated a heated argument.
In her interview with Army Radio on Thursday, Dalia Rabin accused Ben Gvir of incitement. “This should not be ignored, and to think that this person, Itamar Ben Gvir, is on the Knesset payroll,” she said. “If this is not incitement I really don’t know what is. I wonder if this does not cross all the red lines of democracy.”
Ben Gvir is the press adviser to MK Michael Ben-Ari of the National Union party.
Rabin said her daughter was very upset following the incident. “As a mother, to see this menacing oaf in front of my girl, challenging her violently — this spectacle will be imprinted on my retina for years to come.”
Ben Gvir’s reaction, denying claims of incitement, was read out by the presenters, but he was apparently prevented from coming on air to make his case.