In connection with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Czech police have so far initiated criminal proceedings for manifestations of anti-Semitism in 14 cases. Police President Martin Vondrášek stated this today in the discussion program Otázky Václav Moravec. He went on to say on Czech television that the anti-terrorism headquarters had started an investigation into the death of a Czech citizen during an attack by the Hamas movement on Israel. He works with Israeli colleagues on things.
According to Vondrášek, a higher level of anti-Semitism is not yet reflected in police statistics. However, the police president estimated that an increase in related crimes can certainly be expected given the current events.
According to Vondrášek, police officers monitor all gatherings that thematically touch on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Arabs accompany them to the biggest events. They help the police to assess whether the inscriptions on the brought banners are not outside the criminal law. For example, he is currently solving the sentence “From the River to the Sea Palestine will be free”, which according to some people can be interpreted as a demand for the abolition of the state of Israel and the extermination of the Jews. The police are waiting for an analysis by the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office.
“I want us to be clear as soon as possible. We have no incentive to trivialize these expressions, but it is primarily a legal issue.” pointed out Vondrášek, saying that on Wednesday, the police will have a meeting with the Supreme State Attorney’s Office and the Ministry of the Interior regarding anti-Semitic expressions.