Daily Israel Report

Arab MKs Lorded It Over Jewish Ones Before Water Incident

Video shows Arab MKs calling Jewish MKs "mentally ill" and demanding they be ousted from session.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/10/2012, 1:51 PM

MKs Barakeh (left) and Danon
MKs Barakeh (left) and Danon
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MK Anastassia Michaeli lost her cool Monday in a session of the Knesset's Education Committee, and a video of the session's proceedings before she threw water at MK Raleb Majadle may show why.

The MKs convened to discuss an incident in which a principal of an Arab elementary school took his pupils to participate in a leftist march in Tel Aviv, allegedly organized by MK Hanin Zoabi of the radical Balad party.

Arab MKs domineered the session, however, and indicated through words and body language that they, not the Jews, are the ones in charge. 

MK Zoabi defended the principal's action, and said that the protest "built the character" of the pupils who took part in it. MK Danny Danon (Likud) found her statement unbearable and interrupted her. MK Raleb Majadle (Labor), who sat at Danon's left, demanded that the committee's chairman, MK Alex Miller (Yisrael Beitenu) remove Danon from the session. He then added with a thinly veiled threat – "If you do not remove him, I will."

"Thank you very much," answered Danon, adding bitterly – "If it were up to you we [Jews] would have been gone from here a long time ago."

When Danon spoke, he suggested sarcastically that MK Zoabi, "the heroine of the Marmara," might also want to take schoolchildren on a tour of that ship and give them an honorary plaque. "Take incitement out of the schools," he urged the Arab MKs, and said that their actions remind him of the Hamas regime, that dresses up children in bomb vests. 

At this point, MK Muhammad Barakeh (Hadash), who sat at Danon's right, called Danon "abnormal" and "mentally ill." 

"You suffer from a serious disease," he said, leaning on his fist as Danon, who kept his cool, continued to talk. MK Danon asked what the Arab MKs would say if a Jewish principal took his pupils to a march organized by MK Michael Ben-Ari (NU). "Are you talking about the Kahanist?", MK Barakeh repeatedly asked, mockingly.   

The dynamic is a familiar one in the Knesset, where Arab MKs vie with each other for committing outrageous stunts that exhibit their utter contempt for the Jewish state and its sovereignty. Two Arab parties that are openly opposed to the state of Israel -- Balad and Raam-Taal -- were allowed to run for the Knesset by the High Court under President Dorit Beinisch. 

MK Michaeli was banned from taking part in plenum debates for a month for the water incident. MK Zoabi was slapped only with a two week ban after she took part in a terrorist event that almost cost the lives of some of Israel's finest soldiers. In addition, her diplomatic passport was taken from her.


MKs Miller, Barakeh, Danon, Majadle. Screenshot.