Representatives of the Binyamin and Samaria Residents’ Council filed a complaint with the Israel Police against Amos Oz on Sunday, following the author’s comments that hilltop youth were neo-Nazis, Channel 2 reported.
“The writer’s words are serious incitement to racial hatred, and for that he deserves the Nobel Prize in racism,” said the Council.
Sagi Keisler, the Council’s executive director, said that he expects police will arrest Oz in the coming hours.
“Following the precedent of Eliraz Fein from Yitzhar, who wrote similarly unsavory things in the settlement’s internal forum and was arrested immediately afterwards, the police can’t ignore the writer’s grave incitement,” he said.
Fein was arrested last week after she published a statement online reading “I am in favor of throwing rocks (at Jews, in terms of Arabs there of course isn’t any question), even in a situation where the rock kills a soldier!!!”
Oz, an Israel Prize laureate, came out strongly against perpetrators of “price-tag” attacks on Friday, saying that “‘price-tag’ and ‘hilltop youth’ are cute nicknames for a monster that needs to be called what it is: Hebrew neo-Nazi groups.”
A spate of “price-tag” attacks have targeted Muslims and Christians in recent months, drawing national and international condemnation.