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Intolerance becoming all too common in Israel

A heated public debate has been building between the extreme left and right in Israel, threatening to explode into violence.
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On the evening of July 13, former Knesset member Michael Ben-Ari, who now heads the Fund to Save the Nation of Israel, used his Facebook page, under the header “cut off their electricity,” to call on his followers to join demonstrations scheduled to take place July 16 at dozens of major intersections throughout the country. The demonstrators will call on the government to conquer Gaza and cut it off from the power grid.

It seems Operation Protective Edge has been good to Ben-Ari’s Facebook page. Over the last few days it has become a forum for vehement incitement against the left. Ben-Ari, who's on the far right of the political spectrum, is constantly expanding his list of targets. In fact, he now calls for shipping the chairwoman of Zionist Meretz, Knesset member Zehava Gal-On, to Gaza. At the same time, he lashes out and curses, fouling the mood and further exacerbating the existing tensions between right and left over Operation Protective Edge.

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