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      Arab Party Used Tax Funds to Honor Marmara Terrorists

      Ra'am used state funding to purchase brass plaques honoring IHH terrorists who assaulted IDF soldiers.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 11/3/2011, 7:03 PM

      Ibrahim Sarsour
      Ibrahim Sarsour
      Flash 90

      The Arab Ra'am-Ta'al faction took its public contempt for the state of Israel to new heights this year when it used public taxpayer funding to pay for engraved plaques, which it awarded to six terrorists who took part in the assault on IDF soldiers on board the Mavi Marmara.

      The 5,000 shekel payment was placed under the item for "expenditures for maintaining contact with the party's supporters and voters," according to a State Comptroller report on Knesset members' expenditures.

      The faction is represented by MKs Ibrahim Sarsour and Masoud Ghanayem, and constitutes half of the Ra'am-Ta'al faction headed by Ahmed Tibi.  

      The Turkish IHH terrorists on the Marmara tried to kill IDF soldiers who boarded the ship. Nine of them wound up being slain themselves by the Navy commandos.

      The Arab factions in the Knesset -- Ra'am-Ta'al, Balad and the communist Hadash vie with each other in a never-ending competition over who will humiliate and disgrace the Israeli Knesset most.

      The obviously subversive and anti-Zionist parties Balad and Ra'am-Ta'al have been disqualified by the Elections Commission from running for the Knesset but reinstated by the High Court under President Dorit Beinisch.

      The former head of the Balad party, Azmi Bishara, left Israel after the Shin Bet discovered that he had advised Hizbullah precisely where to fire its rockets during the Second Lebanon War. 

      Attempts to censure Balad's Hanin Zouabi, who was actually on board the Marmara, were stymied by MK Shelly Yechimovich, who now leads Labor.