During Monday`s special plenary sitting marking the 20th anniversary of the assassination of prime minister and defense minister Yitzhak Rabin, which was held in the presence of President Reuven Rivlin and members of Rabin`s family, Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein said he fears those who currently incite online may eventually become ”trigger happy.”
In his address to the plenum, Edelstein said that in this age of social networks and technological advancements, Israeli society must bar online incitement, ”which occasionally serves as a negative catalyst for physical violence and [attacks on] innocent people.”
The Knesset speaker called on society to restrain people`s ”natural need to vent their anger and frustrations through shallow and superficial `posts` or `tweets`.
”Regretfully, if in the past wild incitement on social networks was anonymous, today, quite often, the person behind it reveals himself proudly, without fear,” Edelstein said. ”This must be stopped.”
The Knesset speaker said the vast majority of Israelis – from both the Right and Left, religious and secular – were revolted by Rabin`s assassination. ”Violence, and certainly murder, is not the norm, and in order to find someone who encourages it we would need a microscope,” he stated.
The order ”thou shall not kill” resonates in all [political] camps,” the Knesset speaker told the plenum. ”It is not only religious; it is also human and elementary.”