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  7/21/2011, Tammuz 19, 5771

Tibi to High Court: Authorize 'Reverse Nakba' Bill


MK Ahmed Tibi has filed a petition with the High Court demanding that the Knesset's decision to shelve a bill he presented that would require the state to fund programs educating students on the “Nakba,” the hostile Arab perspective that the creation of the Jewish state was a catastrophe. The Knesset banned the bill on the grounds that it was essentially an attempt to delegitimize the state. Knesset chairman MK Silvan Shalom said there was no place for such a law in Israel, as the existence of the state had nothing to do with the establishment of the state, as nearly all the Arabs fled of their own volition.

In response to Tibi's petition, MK Alex Miller (Yisrael Beiteinu) said that “unfortunately we are witness to attempts by an MK who tries time and time to destroy the Jewish character of the state. I trust that the High Court will not take part in this theater of the absurd created by Tibi and will throw his petition out, exactly as the Knesset did.”