Arab Israeli indicted for social media incitement supporting terror attacks


( An Arab man from the northern Israeli city of Tamra was indicted Sunday on charges of supporting terrorism and for social media posts praising terror attacks against Israelis.

A post from the Palestinian Fatah party's Facebook page shows children holding rifles. (Illustrative.) Credit: Palestinian Media Watch.

According to the indictment filed at the Haifa District Court, suspect Muhammad Khalaf published numerous inciting posts on Facebook and Instagram lauding the Gaza-ruling terrorist organization Hamas and other terror groups for launching attacks against Israeli citizens. 

In addition to praising Hamas leaders and publishing photos of a Hamas-affiliated event in the disputed territories, Khalaf authored several social media posts praising the July 14 Arab terror attack near Jerusalem’s Temple Mount in Jerusalem that killed two Israeli police officers.

The indictment asserts that Khalaf’s social media incitement demonstrates a “real possibility” he would carry out a terror attack against Israelis, and requested his detainment be extended throughout the duration of his trial.

Khalaf, who was originally arrested Sept. 15, is charged with supporting a terror organization, supporting an outlawed organization, inciting terror and identifying with a terror organization.

Posted on October 15, 2017 .