Daily Israel Report

Arab MK: Nakba Equal to Destruction of Jewish Temples!

Arab MKs liken the birth of Israel to the destruction of both Jewish Temples for Nakba Day
By Gabe Kahn
First Publish: 5/15/2012, 7:55 PM

MK Ahmed Tibi
MK Ahmed Tibi
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Israeli-Arab lawmakers lined up to incite against Israel on Tuesday saying the creation of the Jewish state was the "equivalent to the destruction of the First and Second [Jewish] Temples."

Attending an event held in Aljoun near Umm al-Fahm, the Arab Knesset members were joined by the leader of the Islamic Movement's Northern Branch, Raed Salah, and the head of the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee, Mohammed Zidan.

"I feel an atmosphere of victory," MK Jamal Zahalka said, referring to the end of a mass hunger strike by Arab security prisoners in Israeli prisons.. "They won a battle for their rights and we succeeded in introducing the Nakba in the public discourse."

"We won't forgive and won't forget," he added, aping internal Israeli Jewish political discourse.

MK Ahmad Tibi said, "Empathy towards another people's suffering is a sublime human value on the way to reconciliation. The collective memory of a people who were ethnically cleansed in 1948 will not be quashed by erasing 530 villages."

Tibi, PLO arch-terrorist Yassir Arafat's former spokesman and confidant, has infamously praised "shahids" (suicide terrorists) and led angry crowed marching in Jerusalem's Old City chanting "With blood and fire, we will redeem Palestine!"

MK Tala El-Sana said that "the denial of the Nakba is as much as a crime than the Nakba itself. Israel has a duty to recognize the Nakba."

He added, "Any attempt to deny the Nakba will advance the next flare-up while recognition will promote reconciliation."

"As far as the Palestinians are concerned, the Nakba is equivalent to the Destruction of the First and Second Temples," he claimed. "It's a traumatic event that transformed the Palestinian people from a people living in their homeland to refugees longing for the right to return to their homeland."

Nakba Day (The Day of Catastrophe) marches are conducted on the Roman calendar date marking Israel's inception (May 15), while Israel celebrates its independence on the Hebrew calender date (6 Iyar).

While organizers consistently claim Nakba Day protests will be nonviolent, most have traditionally devolved into riotous violence.

On Tuesday, Israeli security forces clashed with rioters who attacked soldiers, police, and paramedics in several locations in Judea and Samaria.

Security forces – in response to hurled stones and firebombs, burning tires rolled at security lines, and explosives – responded with rubber bullets, tear gas, and other riot control measures.

At least three IDF soldiers and one Border Police officer were injured in clashes with rioters. Scores of Arabs from Palestinian Authority enclaves were injured as well.