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Tibi: Liberman 'A Fascist Immigrant Who Stole Arab Land'

MK Ahmed Tibi slams Foreign Minister, who said that Bedouin stole state land.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 12/1/2013, 3:16 AM

MK Ahmed Tibi
MK Ahmed Tibi
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MK Ahmed Tibi on Saturday night slammed Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman over his remarks following the Bedouin violent ‘Day of Rage’.

"The audacity of a fascist immigrant who sits on land which he stole from its Arab owners,” Tibi charged, responding to Liberman’s remarks that the Bedouin had stolen state land and were controlling it by force.

“The Bedouin in the Negev did steal any land and they did not come here either on a plane or by boat,” he added.

In his comments following the violent protests in the Negev, Haifa, Samaria and Gaza, Liberman called for a new plan to organize Bedouin residence in the Negev.

“We must act to end the situation in which there are citizens of the country that are obligated by its laws, the planning and building laws, while there are other citizens that make a mockery of the laws and through violence have created a situation whereby the law doesn't apply to them,” wrote Liberman on his Facebook page.

“We are fighting over the national land of the Jewish people and there are those that intentionally try to steal that land and control it by force,” he added. “It is impossible to close our eyes and run from this reality. The government must address this issue and act in an appropriate and synchronized fashion, at all levels, to deal with it, for otherwise in another generation we will find ourselves in an impossible situation.”

The Prawer-Begin bill, which has generated much friction from Arab MKs, will give Negev Bedouin 180,000 dunams (45,000 acres) of state land for free, to set up farming or urban communities, as well as granting them "compensation" for the state land many Bedouin are currently squatting on.

Arab and left-wing opposition comes against the bill, which has to pass 2 more readings to become law, as it would move 30,000-40,000 Bedouins from their illegal outposts and villages, and demolish 40 illegal settlements.

Tibi is no stranger to anti-Israel remarks and actions, despite his being an elected member of Israel’s parliament.

He has in the past praised the Palestinian Authority’s “martyrs” at a ceremony held on the occasion of "Palestinian Martyrs Day” and sponsored by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

He has also called for a boycott of products manufactured in Judea, Samaria, and east Jerusalem, saying that “settlements are a cancer spreading all over Palestinian land, and cancer should be treated and eradicated. I am talking about a peaceful and non-violent way by not buying or selling or dealing in these products from these settlements.”

Most recently, Tibi tried to bypass the Foreign Ministry and hold an official visit to India as a representative of  “Palestine”. The Foreign Ministry learned of his plan and foiled it.

Tibi responded by saying, “I was invited as part of a day of solidarity with the Palestinian people. I did not ask and I will never request any meetings through representatives of Avigdor Lieberman - anywhere on this planet."