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Police grill FB user over MK complaint

Netanya resident released on NIS 5,000 bail after coming to Shimon Peres’s defense against Miri Regev

Culture Minister Miri Regev (Uri Lenz/Flash90)
Culture Minister Miri Regev (Uri Lenz/Flash90)

A man was questioned by police Wednesday after a Knesset Member complained about the offensive nature of a comment left on her Facebook page.

The police told Netanya resident Gili Golan that he was suspected of “insulting a public official” after Likud MK Miri Regev filed a complaint against him for a comment her posted to Facebook in which he, among other things, called her “a whore with a dirty mouth” and an “illiterate poor soul.”

He was released on NIS 5,000 bail.

Golan wrote on Facebook that he was surprised to receive a call from police asking him to come in for questioning Wednesday evening at 8 pm.

Golan’s Facebook comment against Regev comment was responding to a post Regev wrote about former president Shimon Peres, who said that Operation Protective Edge had exhausted itself. Regev said Peres was the one who has exhausted himself.

Golan took offense and lashed out at her, asking who “who the hell she thinks she is” to talk about Peres.

After being hauled in, Golan said he stood by his words and promised to call Peres to ask him to file a complaint against Regev.

Police took Golan’s photographs, fingerprints and instructed him not to address or approach Regev for two weeks.

In response, he told Regev: “You’re sweet, feminine, not at all abrasive, and I love you. Next time, call me, and we’ll sort it out between us.”

“I am not prepared to have people say whatever they want and insult a public official,” Regev told Channel 2. “I am in favor of free speech but not incitement and I wanted to make an example with this case.”

This is Regev’s fifth police complaint since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8, including against MKs Hanin Zoabi and Ahmad Tibi, and a doctor from Shaare Tzedek who posted a caricature of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a vampire, Channel 2 reported.

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