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Jew detained for satirical Facebook post

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 8:13 A 22 year old man who recently completed his army service in an IDF combat unit was detained on the evening of Monday, October 12 after posting a satirical post, which he had written, on his Facebook page.

Satirical Facebook post, screenshot

Satirical Facebook post, screenshot

The post deals with the security situation from a satirical angle: “I’m sitting in the hospital. Suddenly an Arab nurse comes up to me and says: Now you’ll feel a slight stabbing … I didn’t think twice before I shot her.” (Translation from the Hebrew by Honenu) The man who posted it did not expect to find himself in a police station being interrogated for having written those lines, which soon went viral in the social media. A Honenu attorney arrived at the police station and provided the detainee with legal assistance. After several hours of interrogation the detainee was released on bond. Honenu: “Someone in the Jerusalem Police is not thinking clearly. Israel is facing a wave of terror, the social media networks are filled with incitement to harm Jews, only yesterday Arabs carried out several terror attacks in Jerusalem, the capital city, and the Jerusalem Police detain a combat soldier who recently completed his army service, because of a satirical post? This is at best confusion and at worst a complete lack of direction. The post does not constitute any violation of the law. It is a shame that the police conducted themselves as they did.”

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