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Israeli police are investigating a professor who cursed an army officer overseeing the eviction of settlers in the West Bank.

Hillel Weiss, a professor of Jewish studies at Bar-Ilan University, publicly called for the death of Colonel Yehuda Fuchs on Tuesday as the commander oversaw the eviction of squatters from two disputed buildings in Hebron.

The remarks, which reminded many Israelis of the curses directed by right-wing activists at Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the months before his 1995 assassination, caused outcry. Weiss was condemned by the military top brass and many pundits.

On Thursday, police said they were investigating the incident to see if Weiss could be perceived as having committed incitement to violence.

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