Daily Israel Report

MK Tibi in Yisrael Beiteinu's Crosshairs

Israel Beiteinu's Alex Miller said he would be the first to utilize Israel's new 'Boycott Bill" by suing fellow MK Ahmed Tibi.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 7/12/2011, 8:58 PM / Last Update: 7/13/2011, 1:15 AM

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Yisrael Beiteinu MK Alex Miller said in the plenum on Tuesday he would be the first to utilize Israel's new 'Boycott Bill' by suing fellow MK Ahmed Tibi (UAL-Ta'al), who has called for a boycott of the city of Ariel.

"Tibi's party is not immune to lawsuits and certainly is not above the law," Miller, an Ariel resident, said.

"Whoever shows contempt for the law and stomps on it will be responsible for the outcome," he added.

Miller explained that the law is meant to prevent economic damage caused by boycotts, and that Tibi's words could make investors hesitate before doing business in Ariel.

The 'Boycott Bill,' which passed on Monday night after a six-hour Knesset debate, allows citizens to sue persons and organizations that call for economic, cultural or academic boycotts against Israel, Israeli institutions, or regions under Israeli control.

It also prevents the government from doing business with companies that initiate or comply with such boycotts.

Earlier Tuesday, during the time allotted to MKs for one-minute speeches in the plenum, Tibi called the new law "fascist" and "McCarthyist."

"This Knesset is the least tolerant, the most extreme and the most racist," Tibi said, specifically citing Miller as the MK who proposed the "Nakba Bill."

"The 'Boycott Bill' is totally unconstitutional. I, in the name of the UAL-Ta'al faction, call on the public to break this law, boycott settlements, their products, and Ariel, take apart Ariel and send away its residents," Tibi said.

"They have no right to live on occupied land!" he added.

Tibi is no stranger to virulent racism, or anti-Semitism, having said, "whoever sells his house to Jews [anywhere in Israel] has sold his soul to Satan and done a despicable act."

He has also led marches in the Old City on Tisha B'Av, the day on which Jews mourn the destruction of the First and Second Jewish Temples in Jerusalem chanting "by blood and fire we will redeem Palestine."

The boycott bill did not obtain a majority in the plenum, passing with 47 in favor, 38 opposed, and 35 absences.

Most Shas lawmakers were absent in order to attend MK Nissim Ze’ev’s daughter’s wedding.