Freedom of Speech? 2nd Jew Arrested for Calling Mohammed a Pig
Jewish youth arrested days after woman arrested following hour of Muslims shouting threats; attorney: ‘police either dumb or acting it.’
Jerusalem district police arrested a Jewish youth on Monday for his “crime” recorded on video the day before, when he said while leaving the Temple Mount that “Mohammed is a pig,” in reference to the founder of Islam.
The youth was arrested on Monday morning after arriving at the Kotel (Western Wall), and was brought in for interrogation.
The arrest made for making the statement – made all the more surprising given the ongoing open calls for violence by Arabs against Jews at the site which is the holiest in Judaism – comes after 20-year-old Avia Morris was arrested last Friday for saying “Mohammed is pig” when faced by hostile Arab women hurling threats at her on the Temple Mount.
Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, who is representing the youth, said, “it isn’t clear if the Jerusalem police don’t understand or don’t want to understand the decisions of the court.”
“Instead of arresting the Arab rioters who make provocations and incite against Jews on the Temple Mount at all times, they choose to arrest precisely the side coming under attack,” he charged.
Ben-Gvir’s statement comes after Arab mobs violently rioted on the Mount on Sunday for the Tisha B’Av fast day mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temples at the site.
In making the arrest Monday, police said they would not allow provocations and disturbances to public order by both Jews and Muslims at the site – even though in the case of Morris, she and other Jews were arrested while the Muslim women who provoked the standoff by surrounding the Jews and shouting “Itbach al-Yahud” (slaughter the Jew) were not arrested.
“Don’t remain silent”
Morris told Arutz Sheva on Sunday that she visited the Temple Mount last Thursday as part of a group with women and babies, and “throughout the walk, for about 40 minutes, we were surrounded by dozens of Arabs screaming at us and following us – they shouted ‘Itbach al-Yahud’ (slaughter the Jews), Allah Akbar (Allah is greater) and made the ISIS (Islamic State) gesture.”
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