Settler in Havat Gilad 520.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
In response to Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpe’s call on Saturday evening for settlers to
violently resist evacuations of outposts, Peace Now secretarygeneral Yariv
Oppenheimer wrote a letter to the attorneygeneral on Tuesday, asking that he
investigate Wolpe for incitement.
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“Article 144 D (2) of the penal law
states that incitement to violence or terrorism means encouraging or supporting
acts that harms a person’s body or puts them at risk of death or grievous
injury, and based on the content of the statement and the context in which it
was made, poses a highly probable possibility of leading to action. As you know,
Rabbi Wolpe has loyal followers who may construe his statements literally and
act with violence against security forces in the near future. Therefore, we
request that you open an investigation against Wolpe for his statements,”
On Saturday evening, SOS Israel chairman Wolpe, 63,
said in a radio interview that following last week’s events at the Gilad Farm
outpost in Samaria, where border police fired plastic bullets on settlers, “we
need to fire rubber bullets [which are more dangerous than plastic ones, but
still less dangerous than metal ones] back at them. If they come to beat us – we
need to beat them back.”
Oppenheimer added that it was up to the law
enforcement authorities to set clear limits and not allow further escalation of
violence by the settlers in the West Bank.
Wolpe has since retracted his
statement. In a statement published on the website of his SOS Israel
organization, he said that his words were misconstrued and taken out of context
and that under no circumstance should anyone fire upon IDF soldiers, “who
faithfully serve the People of Israel and the Land of Israel.
said in an interview with the Moreshet radio station was shortly after taking
part in a protest in support of an IDF soldier whose home [at Gilad Farm] was
demolished,” he wrote.
“My words were said amid a storm of emotion, and
expressed my fear and forewarning over a civil war that could break out in light
of the atrocious acts of Netanyahu and Barak, who for personal reasons of rating
and popularity in the eyes of the Left, and succumbing to pressure from Obama,
ordered masked soldiers to shoot rubber bullets at Jews, whose sole sin was
their love for the Land of Israel.”
While Wolpe is a Chabad hassid, he
bears no official position in the movement, and his organization is neither
connected to it nor does it reflect Chabad’s views.Jonah Mandel
contributed to this report.