Member of Knesset Danny Danon said, Monday, that Nakba Day, the hostile Arab observance of Israeli independence as a catastrophe, should be banned. Speaking at a Knesset Education Culture and Sports Committee hearing on Nakba Day observances at Tel Aviv University, he said, "Nakba Day is fabricated and fictional. It must be banned. An Israeli institution that receives funding from the state cannot provide a stage to activists who want to see the end of the state of Israel."
Danon called on hostile Arabs on the committee and others in attendance to leave the Knesset and join the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, accusing them of "trying to harm Israel from within." He also called on the Minister of Finance to exercise his authority to reduce allocations to institutions sponsoring activities advocating harm the State of Israel. Danon asked, "If a guest lecture by released terrorist Nidal Sa'id and incitement against Israel's existence by a sheik close to the Muslim Brotherhood, Sheikh Raed Salah, are not incitement against Israel's existence, then what is?"