Israeli indicted for anti-Arab online incitement

Lior Cohen is indicted by the Beersheba Magistrate’s Court for incitement to violence and incitement to racism, after the 22-year-old Beersheba resident started a Facebook page that called for killing Arabs.

The page, “A male Arab is an Arab in a grave” (which rhymes in Hebrew), was created after the Israeli teenagers Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Fraenkel, and Gil-ad Shaar were abducted on June 12. The page garnered some 200 likes.

Channel 2 reports that in one post featuring a photo of a wounded Arab, the administrator wrote: “This is what we have to do to all of them!” After the bodies of the three teenagers were discovered on June 30, Cohen posted: “Father in heaven, please eradicate all the Arabs!”

The prosecution later filed a second indictment against Cohen, for another Facebook page called “Gang Al Yehud,” and asked the court to bar Cohen from using the internet for 30 days.

On July 3, police opened an investigation into online incitement, after various Facebook groups called for revenge for the murder of the three Israeli teenagers. A Facebook page titled “The People of Israel Demand Vengeance!” garnered over 32,000 likes before being taken down.

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