Five East Jerusalem residents were accused of inciting terrorism and calling for the execution of terror attacks after posting inciting posts on their Facebook profiles following the Temple Mount terror attack.

The Temple Mount

The Temple Mount Photo Credit: Israel Police Spokesperson’s Unit/Channel 2 News

The Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office filed charges today (Monday) to the Magistrates Court against five Palestinian East Jerusalem residents for inciting terrorism and calling for the execution of terror attacks. Three of them are accused of posting calls for violence on Facebook following the Temple Mount terror attack, in which two Israeli policemen were murdered.

The first defendant, 19-year-old Mohammed Mekhaimer from ‘Anata, is accused of posting to his Facebook profile several times since September 2014, calling for acts of violence and terror against Israeli civilians and security forces. He also expressed sympathy and support for Hamas, including the terrorist organization’s military wing, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

After the Temple Mount terror attack, the defendant posted again on Facebook, writing: “They thought that the heroes grew older, but they’re still alive and they were taken down between alleys, at the entrance and at the gates.” At the end of the post, the defendant added the hashtag “Friday of martyrs.” On the same day, the defendant posted a photograph from the scene of the terror attack, in which a police officer’s face was seen next to the medics treating the wounded. The defendant then wrote “to hell and to darkness in later life.”