Far-right activist Meir Ettinger was arrested on Monday on suspicion of involvement with an extremist Jewish organization, while police opened an investigation into videos posted on YouTube of President Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu in Nazi uniform.
Ettinger, who was barred from entering the West Bank or Yerushalayim for a year, was arrested by the Judea and Samaria Police and transferred to the Shin Bet for questioning.
He is the grandson of far-right late US-born Rabbi Meir Kahane, who advocated expelling Arabs from Israel and the Palestinian territories.
In a blog he runs, Ettinger wrote on Thursday, a day before the terror attack in Duma in which a Palestinian baby was murdered, that “the truth must be told – there is no terror organization, but there are a whole lot of Jews, a lot more than people think, whose value-system is completely different than that of the High Court or the Shin Bet, and who are not bound by the laws of the state, but by much more eternal laws, true laws.”
Under the blog post titled “Terror organization,” he went on to say that “as part of the boastful statement by the Shin Bet about the organization it ‘exposed,’ things I wrote in this blog several weeks ago were quoted as things from ‘the head of the organization.’ To tell you the truth, I don’t know what they in the Shin Bet wanted me to organize, and they should definitely look for other people to cast for the roles they need in their show for the media, but this urge of the Shin Bet to create an atmosphere, to put up appearances as if there is some ‘organization’ it exposed, clearly illustrates to us what those in the Shin Bet understand and are so afraid of.”
Under a veil of secrecy, new cells of “hilltop youth” have been formed across the West Bank over the past few months. These groups seek to commit “price tag” attacks, which they say will inflame the situation in the Middle East, and bring redemption and the coming of the Moshiach closer.
The “hilltop youth,” which the Shin Bet’s Jewish division nicknamed “happy Jews,” believe that exacting a price from the establishment will allow them to form a Jewish state based on Jewish moral values that appear in Jewish holy and literary sources.
The Israel Police has opened a criminal investigation against a man who calls himself “Asheriko from Facebook” who posted videos on YouTube that portray Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin in Nazi uniform and supposedly talking in German.
The State Attorney’s Office authorized the investigation “on suspicion of insulting a public official.”
The video shows Rivlin in Gestapo uniform giving the Hitler salute and saying: “I am a bootlicking president and a self-hating hypocrite. When Jews are murdered, I don’t really care. I love licking Muslims’… I am a Jew-hating Nazi. Sieg Heil, Sieg Heil!”
A caption at the end of the video declares: “Protest!!! Jewish blood is not cheap. Asheriko from Facebook.”
The man, who also calls himself Oshri, uploaded the videos from his home in New York, and admitted in a conversation with Ynet that he created them.
“No one told me I’m being investigated. There is no crime in this,” he said. “I made the videos and Rivlin’s photo with the kaffiyeh and Hamas’ logo.”
Read more at Ynet News.