Labor party chief Merav Michaeli says Otzma Yehudit MK Zvika Fogel should face charges for incitement to violence after he expressed satisfaction with settlers’ violent rampage against Palestinians in a West Bank village yesterday.
Michaeli says Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara should order a probe of Fogel and potentially file charges.
In a letter to the attorney general, Michaeli says Fogel’s comments “are extraordinarily grave… The distance between [such comments] and another pogrom against innocents is even shorter than one might expect.”
Fogel — the chairman of the Knesset’s National Security Committee — was unequivocal in his support for the riots that came in response to a terror attack earlier in the day, saying it was time to “take the gloves off.”
“Yesterday, a terrorist came from Huwara. A closed, burnt Huwara — that’s what I want to see. That’s the only way to achieve deterrence. After a murder like yesterday’s, we need burning villages when the IDF doesn’t act,” Fogel said.
Opposition leader Yair Lapid has also said Fogel should face criminal consequences for his statements.