Eitam to Arab MKs: We'll Banish You from Knesset and Israel
"The day will come when we will banish you from this building and from the national home of the Jewish People," MK Eitam told Arab MKs during a Knesset session on Wednesday morning. Arab MK Jamal Zakhalka was thrown out of the plenum when he yelled repeatedly at Eitam in response.
Eitam, an IDF Brig.-Gen. in the reserves and currently a Knesset Member of the National Union party, was referring to an anti-Israel protest held in the Israeli-Arab city of Umm El-Fahm last night, at which Israeli-Arab citizens burned an Israeli flag, carried flags of Syria and the Palestinian Authority, and compared IDF soldiers compared to Nazis. Arab MKs who were present incited the crowd against Israel.
"We must expel you," Eitam said in the Knesset, directing his remarks specifically to Arab MKs Zakhalka and Taleb A-Sana, "as well as all those who took part in the traitorous and out-of-control event last night. We must expel you to Gaza."
Zakhalka started yelling uncontrollably, "You are a zero of zeroes! A racist! Shut up! Who do you think you are?! You killed babies in Gaza!"
Eitam continued, "You are self-declared enemies of the State of Israel." Zakhalka continued to shout, and was then ordered out of the plenum by the acting Speaker, MK Otniel Schneller.
"Just as you promised the shahids [holy martyrs, killed while trying to murder Jews - ed.] of Gaza that you intend to complete their work," Eitam said, "I tell you that the day will come when we will banish you from this building and from the national home of the Jewish People. You well deserve it... No democracy can tolerate the type of incitement that was heard last night in Umm El-Fahm."
Israeli-Arab Incitement Against Israel
The Arabs chanted slogans such as, "With spirit and blood we will redeem you, O Palestine." The police arrested four Arabs suspected of throwing rocks during the course of the protest.
MK Muhmammed Barakeh said afterwards, "This protest is just the first link in the chain of activities against the calamities that the Olmert government is preparing against the Palestinian nation."
MK Tibi: Violence Against Israel is a Privilege
Another Arab MK, Dr. Ahmed Tibi, told PA television this week that "resistance [terrorism, in PA lingo] is permitted and even a privilege."
Tibi, one of the Deputy Speakers of the Knesset and a former close aide to Yasser Arafat, said that Israel's response to the Kassam and Katyusha rockets "is simply a war crime, in the full sense of the word."