Lod man in police custody after wishing death on woman via photo comments

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August 6, 2015 18:09
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A 45-year-old Lod man was ordered kept in custody for 24 hours by the Haifa Magistrate’s court on Thursday, the day after he was arrested for writing posts on Facebook that police say incited against the LGBT community and President Reuven Rivlin.

The man, Eyal Ben-Yishai, wrote a comment wishing death upon a woman pictured at a rally in Haifa on Saturday night in solidarity with the victims of the stabbing attack at the Jerusalem Pride Parade in which Yishai Schlissel stabbed 6 people, one of whom, 16-year-old Shira Banki, died later of her wounds.

The woman pictured in the post submitted the police complaint, and the case was opened by the Haifa station.

Ben-Yishai is also accused of incitement for a post written against Rivlin.

Last Friday, Gilad Kleiner of Kiryat Malachi was arrested for writing a post on Facebook praising Schlissel, and was banned from Facebook by a judge. Two days later he sent out a message to around 100 friends on WhatsApp where he expressed his joy at the death of Banki, and was rearrested.

Since the weekend, police have opened investigations into a number of threats made against Rivlin, after he spoke at a rally in Jerusalem against violence and hatred. These include videos posted online of him wearing a Nazi uniform.

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