Published on Wednesday, 22 August 2012 22:00 Written by Ariel Jerozolimski
This week “Lahava” (an acronym for “preventing assimilation in the holy land”) began circulating flyers in Jerusalem that warn Arab men against flirting with or talking to Jewish girls, saying "we don’t want you to get hurt, respect our girls honor because they are dear to our hearts."
The fliers, which some Lahava activists have been handing out at Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem and elsewhere in the city, also say “our girls are dear to us, just like you don't want a Jew to date your sister, we also aren't willing to accept an Arab dating one of our women. Just like you would do anything in order to stop a Jew from dating your sister, so would we!”
The flier warns Arab men not to come to west Jerusalem’s malls or public areas to meet a girl, advising them “to walk around in your village and find a girlfriend there not here!”
The flier mentions the beating of 17-year-old Jamal Julani in Zion Square in downtown Jerusalem last Thursday, saying “last week, an Arab who was thought he'd come here and find a Jewish girlfriend was hurt, we don't want you to get hurt, respect the honor of our girls because they are dear to us!”
The chairman of Lehavah, Bentzi Gupstein, who also sits on the local council of the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba outside Hebron, offered praise for Julani’s attackers on Tuesday saying "these youth picked the honor of the Jewish people up off the floor and did what the police should have."
The organization "Ir Amim" on Wednesday filed a police complaint for incitement to terror against Lehavah, following Gupstein's remarks and the issuing of the flier.
Attorney Oshrat Meimon of Ir Amim said Wednesday that "the time has come for the police and the authorities to intervene against these wild acts of incitement that groups like Lehavah and extreme right-wingers are carrying out without interference in the streets of Jerusalem."
After the incident last week, Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) called the attack as well as a Molotov cocktail attack on a Palestinian family traveling in a taxi in the West Bank “acts of terror in every sense of the word.”
Credit: Jerusalem Post