Shin Bet chief in an unusual statement: “The inciting discourse could lead to harm to the soul”

The head of the GSS in an unusual statement: Nadav Argaman clarified tonight (Saturday) that he warns of the “violent and inciting discourse, with an emphasis on what takes place on social networks, which may be interpreted among certain groups among individuals, as one that allows violent and illegal activity that may God forbid to even get hurt“.

“The State of Israel regrets on its banner the principle of freedom of expression. This is an important and necessary principle in a democratic state,” Argaman began his statement.

“Recently, we have identified an increase and serious extremism in the violent and inciting discourse, with an emphasis on what is happening on social networks,” said the GSS head. “This is a discourse that includes serious statements, Using language and terms of incitement, incitement and even calls for violence and physical harm“.

He added that “along with the responsibility placed on the shoulders of the GSS, it is the duty of elected officials from all corners of the political spectrum, opinion leaders, clerics, educators and citizens of Israel all to come out with a clear and decisive call for an immediate cessation of inciting and violent discourse.”

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Crimson concluded by saying that “the responsibility for calming the spirits and restraining the discourse rests on the shoulders of us all.”

A sign showing Naftali Bennett in a keffiyeh (Photo: Social Networks)

As you may recall, the life of right-wing chairman Naftali Bennett and his political partner Ayelet Shaked has been threatened since they announced their membership in the “Bloc of Change.” Out of six.

It was also reported that the police were instructed to take all necessary measures to protest in their area of ​​residence, such as those that have taken place in recent days, which may be even more tumultuous. In addition, on the instructions of the Knesset officer, the chairman of the right travels in an armored vehicle.

“We do not seem to have learned the necessary lessons from past events”

Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Bnei Gantz expressed support for the GSS chief’s remarks, tweeting on his Twitter account that “we do not seem to have learned the necessary lessons from past events. “Anyone who tries to deny the legitimacy of basic democratic moves and ignites the fire of incitement is also responsible and I call on each and every one to refrain from any violence.”

Meretz chairman MK Nitzan Horowitz addressed the chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, MK Orna Barbibai, with a request to convene an urgent discussion in the committee following the GSS chief’s statement, “warning of serious consequences and possible harm to the soul, against the background of violent and inciting discourse.” He said, “In view of the serious things and the growing incitement against the Knesset, we need to make sure that the security forces are prepared and do everything to prevent harm to the soul.”

Finance Minister Israel Katz joined in a call by GSS chief Nadav Argaman to warn of “the inciting discourse that could lead to personal injury.” You can have a sharp argument without crossing dangerous lines. We all have a responsibility to act in this way. “

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