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Ben-Ari Unapologetic: I Stood Up for the People of Israel

MK Ben-Ari does not regret ripping Christian Bible, and criticizes Rivlin and the ADL for their silence on similar issues.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 7/18/2012, 1:48 PM

MK Michael Ben-Ari
MK Michael Ben-Ari
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MK Michael Ben-Ari (Ichud Leumi) is not sorry for ripping a copy of the Christian Bible that was sent to his office. Ben-Ari released a statement Wednesday saying he stands by his act.

He criticized Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin for criticizing him. Rivlin was quiet when the Christian Bible was sent to MKs, he noted.

“The Knesset head’s obsequiousness to the missionaries crosses all the lines,” he accused.

He criticized the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as well. “It’s strange that we didn’t hear that organization speak out against arson attacks on synagogues and the desecration of Jewish graves,” he said. “They have proven themselves to be a hypocritical, self-righteous group.”

Ben-Ari repeated his earlier reasoning for destroying the book. The Christian Bible “led to the murder of millions of Jews in the Inquisition and throughout history,” he said. “Those who sent the book to MKs wanted to trample the bodies of the millions of martyrs who were murdered for being Jewish.”

“There is no doubt that my reaction was in place,” he added.

A spokesman said, “Ben-Ari will continue to defend the honor of the people of Israel, and the honor of those who were murdered, burned and slaughtered.”