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Knesset members assail use of Ansbacher murder for political gain

(Israel Hayom via JNS) Knesset member Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint Arab List) has aroused public ire by tweeting that the murder of Ori Ansbacher last Thursday, Feb. 7, was a gender-based crime, rather than an ethno-religious one. “The murderer being Palestinian doesn’t make the crime any less horrifying, and it cannot be part of the struggle for [Palestinian] national liberation,” Touma-Sliman tweeted Tuesday, Feb. 12. “This government is committing a crime by using Ori’s murder to continue to taint the Palestinian people’s fight with a crime committed by a single person.”

MK Robert Ilatov of the Yisrael Beytenu Party said in response, “Sadly, Israel, which is dealing with terrorists who are trying to attack it from outside, is also forced to deal with terrorists who are trying to attack it from inside the Knesset. I suggest that MK Touma-Sliman look somewhere else to promote her destructive agendas. The terrorist [who killed Ansbacher] clearly said when questioned that he had left his home carrying a knife so he could attack Jews.”

Meanwhile, Facebook removed a post by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely on Tuesday. Writing in response to Ansbacher’s shocking murder and assault, Hotovely said she was “horrified at the brutal act of terrorism against an innocent young girl. The Palestinians prove once again that they have no humanity. Ori’s killer should face death, and he and his family should pay the price.”

Hotovely published the post on Saturday night. On Tuesday, Facebook’s Israeli offices deleted it. Facebook Israel said the company had decided it comprised a violation of its policies against hate speech since it contained “statements about inferiority that hint at physical, mental or moral flaws of a person or group of people.”

Hotovely’s office protested the decision by Facebook. “Rejecting a post that condemns a despicable act of terrorism is unparalleled hypocrisy and an attack on freedom of expression. Facebook is demonstrating a lack of sensitivity to the horrifying murder of a young girl. The Palestinians incite constantly, and a platform like Facebook should be bolstering those who defend values, unlike those who sanctify a culture of death,” the deputy foreign minister’s bureau said.

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