Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who responded harshly earlier this week to scathing remarks made against her publically by Hebrew U. Professor Ofer Cassif, has filed an official police complaint against Cassif. Cassif, who teaches political science, attacked Shaked on Facebook, calling her “neo-Nazi scum” and added that she plays a role in making Israel more fascist.
Needless to say the professor’s comments were met with a harsh response from a number of elected officials including Bayit Yehudi MK Moti Yogev, who calls on Hebrew University to dismiss Cassif. The university however explained “The University is not responsible for the comments of the lecturers and it is not [our] job to deal with them as long as the academic stage is not being exploited to disseminate them.” The university statement adds that anyone who believes the statements are incitement of a violation of the law should turn to police in the matter.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has done just that, filing a complaint with police against Cassin for she feels he crossed the line of acceptable criticism and freedom of speech and his remarks are “poisoning public discourse”.
Cassif spoke with Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) and for those waiting for an apology, they were disappointed for there was none. He explained he sees nothing wrong with making the comparison from today to Germany in the 1930s, and not to the “years of genocide”. He insists that Israel is in this exact place, where Germany was back in the 1930s and this should be more of concern to the public than his remarks. He added he does not fear a police investigation and if called in, he will respond proudly.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)