Knesset member tells Arab woman to ‘Go to the grave’

Moti Yogev confronts woman in Jerusalem’s Old City, during protest at the site of a deadly terror attack

Tamar Pileggi is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Jewish Home MK Moti Yogev seen yelling an an Arab woman in Jerusalem's Old City on October 6, 2015. (screen grab: Channel 2)
Jewish Home MK Moti Yogev seen yelling an an Arab woman in Jerusalem's Old City on October 6, 2015. (screen grab: Channel 2)

Knesset member Moti Yogev from the right-wing Jewish Home party was captured on camera yelling and swearing at an Arab woman in the Old City of Jerusalem on Tuesday.

“Go to the grave,” Yogev can be seen yelling at the elderly woman in the video of the incident.

“You will not pass here! Only Jews!” the lawmaker yells at her again as she passes by.

Yogev was among a group of several dozen Jews who were staging a sit-in protest at the site of a terror attack last week, in which two Israelis were stabbed to death by a Palestinian youth.

In the brief clip, Yogev can also be seen confronting police officers who try to secure a path for the woman to pass.

In a subsequent interview with Channel 2, Yogev said the woman had first hurled an insult at his group.

“An Arab who swears at Jews and scorns the family of the murdered will not pass here freely,” he told the TV station.

One of the victims of Saturday night’s attack gave a harrowing account of how the deadly stabbing assault unfolded. Adele Banita, whose husband was murdered, said Palestinian youths who saw the attack laughed and cursed at her as she yelled for help.

Shortly after the attack, video footage emerged online. In the shaky one-minute cellphone video, the Palestinian assailant can briefly be seen lunging at one of his victims, and wrestling him to the ground as a number of onlookers and shopkeepers stand by.

The footage was met by outrage in Israel, and police vowed to analyze the footage in an effort to identify the bystanders and bring criminal charges against them.

“Any Arab who documented [the murder on their phones] and didn’t help the wounded is an accomplice to murder,” Yogev said of the onlookers.

“Those who want to live in peace, we will live with them in peace. Those who murder or who help murderers – we’ll see to it that their store never opens again. It cannot be that a Jew cannot walk safely in Jerusalem,” he added.

Over the weekend, Yogev, along with several other Israeli lawmakers, blamed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for the recent uptick in violence.

He said the terror attacks against Israelis were the “fruit of incitement from the Palestinian Authority and the man who stands at its head.”

Yogev vowed that Israel would “deal with the terror with an iron fist.”

Jonathan Beck contributed to this report.

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