Ben-Gvir calls for 'heads to roll in Gaza'

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AMMAN Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir said Wednesday that it is time for “heads to roll in Gaza”. This came in response to the firing of rockets from Gaza towards Israel. اضافة اعلان

“The government of which I am a member should respond strongly to the rocket fire from Gaza. Hamas rockets necessitate a response beyond the bombing of dunes and uninhabited sites,” Ben-Gvir said.

Most of the rockets either landed in open fields or were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, according to Israeli media.

In response to the rockets, Israeli planes attacked multiple sites in Gaza, striking targets at a “military site” west of the city and a site in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the center of the Strip, according to Al Jazeera.

The Israeli attack on Gaza was preceded by four missiles fired earlier on Wednesday from Gaza in response to the police raid on Al-Aqsa.

From Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, Israeli occupation forces violently raided Al-Aqsa Mosque. At least 400 Palestinians were arrested on Wednesday who remain in Israeli custody, according to Palestinian officials.

‘Arabs murder each other. It’s in their nature’In a separate incident, Israel’s Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai was recorded saying last week that Arabs “murder each other. It’s in their nature,” Channel 12 reported on Tuesday evening.

Shabtai said the remarks in a private meeting with Ben-Gvir, which took place after an Israeli Arab was murdered, according to reports.

In the recorded conversation, Ben-Gvir is heard saying after the murder: “Another murder and another murder — this crosses the line. We need a strong national guard.” Shabtai then replied to him: “There’s nothing we can do. They murder each other. It’s in their nature. That’s the mentality of the Arabs.”

In the recording, Ben-Gvir tells Shabtai that “it can be stopped. We need to prevent the murders of both Arabs and Jews”. The police commissioner replied: “We are working in Ramla and Lod (Jewish-Arab mixed cities). We spoke with dignitaries in the Arab community and are trying to calm the situation.”

“This conduct calls into question the ability of the police to report to the minister without fearing the disclosure of sources and the distortion of conversations.”

Hadash-Ta’al chair Ayman Odeh called on the police chief to resign after news broke on the incident.

“It’s not in the nature of the Palestinians, it’s in the nature of the racist establishment,” he said, adding that “anywhere in the world, a racist commissioner like Shabtai would be fired in an instant.”

Waleed Alhwashla of the United Arab List also weighed in on the matter, declaring that Shabtai’s comments constitute an “escape from responsibility and a surrender to crime.”

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