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Danon: Tibi Bill Denigrates Independence Fighters

MK Ahmed Tibi wants textbooks to give respect to Arab gangs who fought Jews in pre-state times.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/16/2012, 2:55 PM

MK Danny Danon
MK Danny Danon
Flash 90

MK Danny Danon (Likud) has spoken out against a bill proposed by MK Ahmed Tibi (Raam Taal) that would force educational textbooks to accord respect to members of Arab gangs who fought Jews in pre-state times.

Tibi's law would forbid school books from using the Hebrew term knufiyot – "gangs" – to describe the Arabs who fought Jews before Israel won independence. Instead, the term "fighters" should be used, the bill says.

MK Danon said that approval of "a law that accords honor to the murderers in the Arab gangs that tried to prevent the establishment of the State of Israel, by defining them as 'fighters', would demean the founders of the State of Israel and the Knesset."

"Tibi, who is the representative of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the Knesset, is continuing his treasonous pattern of behavior toward Israel, and just as [Abbas] hugged and gave respect to the terrorist Amna Muna, so Tibi is trying to give respect to the terrorists in the gangs, who have the blood of the founders of Israel on their hands," according to Danon.