Police to launch investigation into cyber incitement

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 22:29 Not only protests in the streets, but also protests in the social media have occurred since the bodies of the murdered kidnapped youth were discovered on June 30. Honenu’s staff has provided legal assistance to demonstrators detained during street protests and is prepared to provide legal assistance to demonstrators in the social media.

The following is a translated summary by Honenu of an official announcement by the Israeli Police:

Following publication of serious incitement, including calls to injure the innocent, in the social media, including Facebook, which could instigate violence and racially motivated assaults the police have launched an investigation. At the request of the Attorney General and the State Attorney the Head of Investigations and Intelligence, Commander Manny Yitzhaki decided that an investigation would be conducted by the National Cyber Crimes Unit of the Lahav 433 Major Crimes Unit of the Israeli Police. The Attorney General’s office and the Israeli Police regard with great severity incitement such as that which has been publicized recently, whether it is directed at Jews or Arabs and therefore criminal investigations will be launched on the matter.

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