A well-known far-left Israeli activist was recorded as saying that he aided Palestinian authorities find and kill Palestinians who sell land to Jews.The disgusting and repellent man who betrayed the Arabs has blood on his hands, and even if he didn't physically murder them himself, he's still guilty of setting them up to be murdered, and of supporting the same. His whole defense is laughable, because what all he really cares about is his image with the PLO themselves. His criminal actions have drawn backlash, starting with the prime minister, as noted above:
In a report aired Thursday by Israel’s Channel 2 television program Uvda, the activist, Ezra Nawi, was secretly recorded saying that he had turned in the land brokers to Palestinian security services, who would then kill them.
Nawi, of the Israeli-Palestinian Taayush group, who was unaware of being recorded, is heard during the report talking of four Palestinian landowners who contacted him, thinking he was also involved in the land trade.
"I give their photos and their phone numbers immediately to the [Palestinian] Preventive Security Force," Nawi says in the recording. "The Authority catches them and kills them. But before they kill them they beat them up."
In the Palestinian Authority, the penal code reserves capital punishment for anyone convicted of selling land to Jews. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas published an order in October 2014 hardening the punishment for Palestinians who sell land to "hostile countries" and their citizens. The order amended the Palestinian penal code to include stricter penalties for those who sell, rent out or act as real estate mediators with "hostile countries."
The report by Channel 2 investigated left-wing groups operating in the West Bank and the footage used was obtained by right-wing activists who infiltrated these groups.
Nawi can be seen during the recording obtaining information from a Palestinian who believed he was a Jew interested in purchasing land.
According to the Uvda report, an activist from the Israeli left-wing human rights group B’Tselem helped Nawi set up the would-be seller in a sting operation.
Nawi, responding to the report and the criticism and against him, denied entrapping the broker. "The opposite is true. He came to me and presented himself as a land broker," he said, according to Israeli daily Ha'aretz. Since I assumed he was sent to frame me and tarnish my name in the Palestinian community, I had no choice but to report the incident to the Palestinian Authority, lest I be deemed a land buyer. I regret that the report is part of the effort to sabotage my activities, and the activities of my friends alongside the Palestinians."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the report with a Facebook post saying it “unmasked radicals among us, whose hatred for settlements has pushed them over the edge to the point of delivering innocents for torture and execution. Those who encourage murder cannot continue to hide behind the hypocritical pretense of caring for human rights.”
The Ch. 2 report drew backlash from numerous politicians and public figures. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on his Facebook page that the report "exposed the true face of the extremists among us, driven crazy by the hatred of the settlements to the point of turning in innocent individuals [leading to their] torture and execution." He further said that "the investigative report is another testament to the cruel conduct of the Palestinian Authority, which tortures and murders Palestinians whose only 'crime' is selling land to Jews."Oh, for heaven's sake. He shouldn't be dragging that in, no matter how poorly some would-be rightists made themselves look by mimicking Islam. But the point is well made now that Ta'ayush and B'Tselem cannot receive funding because of these horrific crimes they've implicated themselves in. Nawi should be imprisoned, though if he's sent to a prison where Muslim criminals are kept, he'll probably convert willingly. And of course that wouldn't be good, even if it's just like him to do so.
He called on "all sectors of Israeli society" to condemn the acts in the report. "Those who encourage murder cannot hide behind the hypocritical façade of 'caring for human rights.'"
Education Minister Naftali Bennett said on Facebook that he had spoken with the ambassadors of the U.K. and France, demanding that they stop donating to Ta'ayush and B'Tselem. He also said he expects the "leaders of the left," including Isaac Herzog, Tzipi Livni, Yair Lapid "and even Zehava Galon to condemn such activity. Murder is murder is murder."
The former head of the Shin Bet security service, Yuval Diskin, said on Twitter that Ezra Nawi should be sent to jail, but added that "the data shows that there is no basis for comparison between violence coming from the right and violence coming from the left."