Israeli MK Ben-Gvir Brandishes Gun, Urges Settlers to Shoot Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah

Member of the Israeli Knesset Itamar Ben Gvir brandished a loaded gun in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. (Photo: video grab)

Member of the Israeli Knesset Itamar Ben-Gvir brandished a loaded gun in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah on Thursday, urging Jewish settlers to shoot Palestinians, the Middle East Monitor reported.

“We’re the landlords here, remember that, I am your landlord,” Ben Gvir reportedly said, adding:

“If [Palestinians] throw stones, shoot them.”

On Wednesday night, Ben-Gvir threatened to “mow down” a group of Palestinians during a visit to the same area amid a rise in settler violence against local communities.

Ben-Gvir later defended his provocative behavior. “The politicians are tying the hands of our cops,” he said in a tweet that included a picture of him with the pistol. “It cannot be that Arabs throw stones next to cops and the cops don’t respond with fire.”

Though described as a far-right extremist, Ben-Gvir represents a dominant current within Zionism. His influence and that of the racist ideology of Kahanism, which he subscribes to, has been mainstreamed in Israeli society.

(MEMO, PC, SOCIAL)

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