Netanyahu Warns Against Vigilante Justice After Lynching

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on Israelis nationwide to remain calm and refrain from vigilante justice Monday, referring to the lynching of Eritrean national Haftom Zarhum, who died after witnesses to a terror attack in the Be'er Sheva Central Bus station on Sunday mistook him for a terrorist. 

"No one should take the law into their own hands," Netanyahu warned, during the opening remarks to the Likud weekly faction meeting. "A person who is at the scene should evacuate the area and turn over [the situation] to security forces." 

A criminal investigation has already been launched by police into the incident.

Netanyahu once again referred to the wave of terrorism and accused Hamas, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Islamic Movement of incitement against Israel and Jews.

"What we're seeing here is a combination of [terrorist Osama] bin Laden and [Facebook founder Mark] Zuckerberg," he said. "Incitement on social networks is driving the murders, we see it clearly."

"We have interviewed the surviving terrorists," said Netanyahu. "We went into the Facebook pages of those who were killed while carrying out attacks, and we can clearly see that there is very focused incitement used to encourage these murders." 

"We also know that it is not an accident," he explained. "This incitement is from definitive sources: Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and the Islamic Movement in Israel."

"We will soon announce a series of measures that we will take against the Islamic Movement," he added. "It is our duty to protect the citizens of this country and we cannot accept that the citizens of this country are inciting against Israel's existence and encourage acts against innocent lives." 


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