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Friday, March 31

Israeli Lawmaker Banned from Twitter for Inciting Murder

Almog Cohen Banned from Twitter for Inciting Murder
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An Israeli politician from the extreme rightwing has been banned from Twitter following a tweet in which he praised the deadly raid by the Israeli occupation forces in Jenin and encouraged them tokeep killing them [Palestinians].”

Almog Cohen of the farright Otzma Yehudit party tweeted praising thenice and professional work of the Israeli occupation forces in Jenin, and encouraging them tokeep killing them.”

Responding to the attack on Thursday which resulted in the death of nine Palestinians and the wounding of around twenty in the Jenin refugee camp situated in the northern section of the West Bank, Cohen expressed his outrage.

Following much criticism from Twitter users, the post was taken down for not adhering to Twitter‘s regulations.

Cohen, who became a member of parliament following the Nov. 1 election, served the Israeli police for 11 years as part of a SWAT team. Last May, he established an armed militia to monitor Palestinians in the Naqab.

Last October, Cohen released an image of himself in military garb kneeling over a Palestinian father and his two sons, alongside the words:Those down there remember what I did in the army.” This was accompanied by a winking emoji, giving off an eerie, almost malicious aura.

In 2013, three Palestinians said that Israeli occupation forces had bound them and warned that they would shoot them in the head. There were no repercussions for any the Israeli soldiers.

Through the photograph, the trio of men were able to recognize Cohen as one of the occupation forces who had assaulted them, prompting them to appeal to the Justice Department to reopen the case.

It‘s not the first time an Israeli figure on the farright has applauded the murder of Palestinians. Last December, the Israeli new national security minister, Itamar BenGvir, praised a soldier who shot and killed a Palestinian as ahero and described the act asprecise, swift and rigorous.”

In 2022, more Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank than had been slain in any year since the Second Intifada.

At least 220 fatalities, including 48 children, occurred in the 2022 attacks perpetrated by the Zionist regime in the occupied territories.

Since the beginning of 2023, approximately 32 Palestinians have been shot and killed by Israeli occupation forces, leading to a crackdown.

A majority of Israeli raids have been centered in Nablus and Jenin, where government forces have been attempting to suppress the increasing Palestinian opposition in the cities under occupation.