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Complaint filed after Israeli news site column calls for killing gays

Israel National News removes opinion piece and apologizes after article likens LGBT community, far left and radical feminists to Amalek, the biblical enemy of the Jewish people

People participate in the annual Gay Pride parade in central Jerusalem, under heavy security on August 3, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
People participate in the annual Gay Pride parade in central Jerusalem, under heavy security on August 3, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

An LGBT activist filed a police complaint against the right-wing Israel National News site website after it published a Hebrew opinion column that called for attacks on gays, the far left and radical feminists.

The column was removed from the website after the complaint was filed on Tuesday and Israel National News apologized.

“The LGBT force, and the extremist secular left, which includes radical feminism penetrating the army and positions of power, play into the hands of the Arab enemy, which sees it as an opportunity to weaken the military and Jewish nationalism,” wrote Moshe Hasdai in the column.

“Not only that, but now they are inciting the Druze community and the Bedouins and the infiltrators from Africa against the Jewish people and the Jewish state and its government. There is an internal Arab Nazi enemy here, and it is much more dangerous than Iran,” wrote Hasdai, who describes himself on the news site as a community activist, and on his own website as a therapist specializing in marriage therapy and addiction therapy.

Moshe Hasdai (Courtesy/ http://moshehasdai.co.il/)

“Since the Holocaust, many Jews say ‘Never again.’ To never allow the violence and hatred of the Holocaust to repeat itself,” he wrote. “In order to ensure this, we are obligated to strike our enemies who incite and murder us.”

“We have are required to eliminate and expel from among us those people who are willing to erase and deny our history, to us as Jews and Judaism. This is Amalek, whose verdict is known, and the time has come to carry out.”

In biblical Jewish tradition, the nomadic Amalekite tribe came to be viewed as the essence of evil, with the Bible commanding: “Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.”

Chen Arieli (R), chair of the LGBT Association on July 25, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The article was removed from the site after the complaint was filed by Chen Arieli, head of the Association for LGBT in Israel, for what she called the “wild incitement raging against us.”

“Tomorrow marks nine years since the murder in Bar Noar,” a gay youth club in which two people were murdered and at least 15 injured, “and in two days it will be three years since the murder of Shira Banki,” who was stabbed to death during a gay pride parade in Jerusalem.

“The incitement continues,” she said.

Israel National News apologized for the article, saying it was uploaded to the site in error.

“Due to a technical mistake an article that would be understood as supporting violence was uploaded,” the news site said. “Israel National News condemns any incitement to violence and insists on open, decent discussions. We hope that all media outlets will begin to apply similar standards, even with regard to incitement against other groups in Israeli society.”

Police in Jerusalem said Tuesday they were bracing for violence at Thursday’s Jerusalem Pride Parade, amid calls by extremists to disrupt what is expected to be the city’s largest-ever LGBT march.

Some 2,500 police officers, border police and other security forces will secure the annual event, which is expected to draw a record 30,000 participants. The event is due to take place against a backdrop of widespread anger over a recent law that bars gay men from surrogacy parenthood rights.

Last year, around 22,000 people took part in the parade, according to police estimates, under the watchful eye of 1,000 police officers.

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