Police arrest man in connection with Shai Nitzan video

By DAN IZENBERG
January 12, 2011 00:46

Computers confiscated from leader of rightist group's Ra'anana home during raid; suspects lawyer says he denies all charges against him.

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Attorney Shai Nitzan

Shai Nitzan 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Police on Tuesday night arrested a right-wing activist in connection with producing a video clip that was released on the internet calling for the death of Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan.

During a raid at his Ra'anana home, police confiscated computers and other electrical devices from the man who heads the rightist "We won, and we will win" organization. The suspect's lawyer, Tzion Amir, said that he denies all charges against him and does not condone violence of any kind.

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On Monday Israel Police said they would mount an intensive search for suspects behind the video calling for the killing of the head of the Special Tasks Division of the State Attorney’s Office.

Meanwhile, in a rare display of solidarity, left- and right-wing politicians banded together to condemn those behind the death threat.

“We will run a swift and intensive investigation and use all the tools at our disposal to reach those responsible,” said Insp.- Gen. David Cohen. “The potential [for violence] is real and dangerous.

We must not blink in the face of incitement directed against public servants.”

The investigation will be conducted by the National Serious and International Crimes Unit and the Lahav 433 Unit, and will be closely monitored by the Investigation and Intelligence Branch, a police spokesman said.

Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein and State Attorney Moshe Lador issued a statement saying they regarded the release of the video with utmost gravity, adding that its “distribution is another low in the dangerous phenomenon of incitement against public servants who fulfill their jobs professionally and objectively.”

Channel 2 reported that the police and the Justice Ministry would step up security for Nitzan. He will have a fulltime bodyguard provided by the ministry, while Jerusalem police will closely patrol his home, the report said.

One of Nitzan’s jobs is to deal with incitement. Last week he asked the police to launch an investigation into two Facebook groups that contained anti-Arab content.

Nitzan said the groups, which were opened under the names “Death to all Arabs” and “Demonstration in Umm el-Fahm against the Islamic Movement,” had violated anti-racism and anti-incitement laws.

The “Death to all Arabs” Facebook group had 170 followers.

Jpost.Com Staff contributed to this report.


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