Amos Oz: Hilltop youth are Hebrew neo-Nazis

The Israeli author says "price tag" attacks and their perpetrators are "a monster that should be called by its name."

May 10, 2014 12:10
Hilltop Youth settlers [illustrative]

Hilltop Youth setters West Bank 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen)


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Author and Israel Prize laureate Amos Oz came out strongly against perpetrators of “price tag” attacks this week, saying “‘Price tag’ and ‘Hilltop youth’ are cute nicknames for a monster that needs to be called what it is: Hebrew neo-Nazi groups.”

Oz went on to say that the only difference between neo-Nazis around the world and those who commit hate crimes in Israel is that “our neo-Nazi groups enjoy the support of numerous nationalist or even racist legislators, as well as rabbis who give them what is in my view pseudo- religious justification.”

He spoke at an event in Tel Aviv on Friday, also attended by presidential candidate MK Reuven Rivlin.

Rivlin criticized Oz’s remarks, saying “We must not make such a comparison” between Jews and neo-Nazis.

In the most recent “price tag” attacks on Friday, anti-Arab graffiti was discovered on the door of a home in the Muslim Quarter of the capital’s Old City, and a wall near Jerusalem’s Romanian Church was vandalized with anti-Jesus slogans.

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