Former MK Ben Ari to Face Indictment for Anti-Arab Statements

By Hamodia Staff

Former Otzma Yehudit party MK Michael Ben Ari. (Yonatan Sindel/FLash90)

YERUSHALAYIM – Former MK Michael Ben Ari will soon face indictment on charges of inciting violence against Israel’s Arab community, The Times of Israel reported on Wednesday.

According to the State Attorney’s office in the Central District, Ben Ari is being considered for prosecution “for systematic, repeated publications of racist incitement against Arabs.”

The case against him, prosecutors said, has been compiled from public speeches, media interviews and online posts since the end of 2017.

The right-wing Ben Ari served in the Knesset from 2009-2013 as part of the now-defunct National Union party. He then founded the far-right Otzma Yehudit party, but in 2019 he was barred by the High Court from running for the Knesset due to his extremist views. Last year he was also banned by Facebook due to what they called his support for “terror organizations.”

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