MK Regev Under Attack for Calling Infiltrators ´Cancer´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 05/26/12)
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Israelis who took issue with Likud MK Miri Regev’s comments this week
about infiltrators from Africa took things a bit too far on Friday.
According to a report on Channel 2 News, a photo of Regev wearing an
SS uniform and doing the Nazi salute was disseminated on Facebook on
The photo came following repeated personal attacks aimed at Regev on
her Facebook page, and after many users purposely reported her page
as spreading hate in order to get it shut down by the social network.
During a rally in south Tel Aviv against Israel´s growing illegal
immigrant population on Wednesday evening, Regev said that “we will
not allow” illegal immigration to “spread like a cancer in our
society.” It was her use of the word "cancer" to describe the
infiltrators that raised Facebook users´ ire.
After the rally some protesters smashed windows, lit garbage cans on
fire, and damaged a car that had three illegal aliens in it. No one
was hurt in the incident. On Thursday police arrested 12 people on
suspicion of attacking the vehicle, and running riot.
According to Channel 2, some users actually expressed support for the
photo depicting Regev as an SS soldier, while others condemned the
photo and asked that it be removed it. “This is incitement and the
photo must be deleted immediately,” wrote one, the report said.
MK Regev herself was unfazed by the unprecedented attack directed at
her Facebook page and told Channel 2 News, “I do not know what hate
speech is on my page, you may want to look at other pages. My page
reflects the situation, my feelings, what I saw and I the speech I
made about infiltrators at the Knesset plenum.”
On Thursday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rebuked those MKs who
took part in the rally, saying, “I want to make it clear that there
is no place for the statements or actions that we saw last night. I
say this both to public officials as well as to the residents of
southern Tel Aviv, whose pain I understand.”
In addition to Regev, MK Danny Danon – who chairs the Knesset
committee tasked with preventing illegal immigration to Israel – was
also at the rally and declared to demonstrators, "The state of Israel
is at war with an enemy state that has formed within Israel and has
its capital in southern Tel Aviv!"
Interior Minister Eli Yishai announced on Thursday that he will
impose fines on any mayors who employ immigrants from Africa.
Yishai announced that he plans to distribute a letter next week, in
which he will demand that all mayors end, within 30 days, the
employment of all African immigrants, or else they will be fined.
Speaking in an interview on Channel 2 News, Yishai said, “Any local
authority that will employ infiltrators - we will act directly
against the head of that local authority. Let them employ Israelis
instead. Infiltrators belong in the same country from which they
At the same time, Yishai condemned the conduct of some Knesset
members, saying, “The fight against infiltration would have been much
better managed without the unnecessary fervor of politicians in
recent days.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/26/12)
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