Knesset Legal Advisor Yehuda Weinstein ordered police Tuesday to open a criminal investigation against Safed's Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu for incitement to racism.
Eliyahu was one of fifty rabbis to sign a religious ruling stipulating that Jews should not sell or rent property to non-Jews, but that document is not what concerned Weinstein.According to the attorney general, Eliyahu has been associated with a spate of aggressive comments against Arab citizens.
According to Israeli media, those comments include: "Once you give an Arab a place, it takes him five minutes to start doing whatever he wants," and "Arabs act under different codes of conduct, and the norm of violence has become their ideology. For the Arabs, agricultural theft is ideology. For the Arabs, extorting protection money from Negev farmers is ideology."