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Watch: Arab MK Goes Rogue During Knesset Session

Even by the extreme standards of radical Arab MKs, MK Zahalka's unhinged performance Monday was exceptionally wild.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/14/2014, 12:49 PM

MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) resisted the Knesset's guards and had to be forcibly ejected from the session of the Committee for the Interior after he told Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino that he has blood on his hands.

Police had shown the committee video footage of recent Arab rioting in Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, and Committee Chair MK Miri Regev (Likud) asked him why police did not close off the Temple Mount to both Jews and Muslims, instead of just Jews. MK Zahalka began shouting that police have no business entering the Mount - the holiest place in Judaism - claiming that it is "occupied territory".

He then told Lt. Gen. Danino that he has blood on his hands, prompting a furious reaction by Regev. The exchange was extreme even by the extreme standards set by the Knesset's Arab members.

At a certain point during the heated back-and-forth between Regev and Zahalka, MK Moti Yogev (Jewish Home) tried to make a point that involved wiping his cellphone on Zahalka's sleeve. It is not clear what he was trying to say.