MP Golan Apologizes For Calling Homesh Residents ‘Sub-Human’ But Maintains Criticism
(January 9, 2022 / Israel Hayom) Deputy Economy Minister Yair Golan has apologized for calling residents of Homesh outpost “sub-human,” after his remarks sparked controversy last week.
“I regret the remark, which may have included problematic wording [as it was said] in an emotional state and anger, ”Meretz member told Knesset Channel News 12 Thursday.
Despite apologizing for the wording, however, Golan maintained his criticism of the residents of the illegal outpost.
The controversial comments, made during a Knesset Channel interview, drew fire from across Israel’s political spectrum on Thursday, with opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu calling on Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to sack Golan.
“We the Jewish people, who have been plagued by pogroms throughout history, do the same with others? They are not people, they are subhuman and contemptible people. Shame on the Jewish people. They should not receive any [government] support. We must forcibly expel them from the area and restore law and order, ”Golan told the Knesset Channel.
The real problem was not what he said, but what motivated him to say it, Golan said. Channel 12 Thursday.
“The problem is not with my remarks, but with the fact that there is a gang that systematically and systematically injures innocent people and IDF soldiers,” said Golan, who is a former IDF deputy chief of staff. . “Perhaps we can say that they are ‘despicable thugs’. It’s the bitter truth, even though [people] I don’t like to hear it, ”he added.
The Golan is not the first lawmaker to have caused a stir with remarks regarding Homesh.
In December, Israeli Minister of Public Security Omer Barlev (Labor) was criticized by bereaved families and right-wing lawmakers for discussing Jewish violence against Palestinians in Judea and Samaria with the US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland Political Affairs.
Shortly after, Yehuda Dimantman, a resident of Homesh, was killed by Palestinian terrorists, which far-right lawmakers said was the result of what they said was Barlev’s incitement.
This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.