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Netanyahu Condemns Arab MK's Pro-Palestinian Stunt

Prime Minister condemns 'moment of silence' for 'victims of Israeli aggression,' notes Hamas also firing on Arabs in Israel.
By Hezki Ezra, Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 7/16/2014, 10:55 PM

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is not happy about the conduct of several Arab MKs in the Knesset on Wednesday, after a video surfaced of Balad MK Basal Ghattas holding a "moment of silence" for the "victims of Israeli aggression in Gaza." 

Sources told Arutz Sheva Wednesday night that Netanyahu condemned the stunt in a series of heated comments to Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud). 

"Knesset members should condemn the actions of Hamas, which uses Gazans as human shields," Netanyahu said, adding that "Hamas is firing on women and children in Israel, including on Arab villages - as in the case of the Bedouin girls who were wounded." 

It is worth noting that many of the civilian casualties can be attributed to Hamas's use of human shields, as they have encouraged civilians over and over again to become human shields as an "effective strategy" in the PR war against Israel. By contrast, the IDF has dropped leaflets, sent phone messages, and issued general warnings to all civilians within range of upcoming airstrikes to prevent further harm. 

In addition, several of the rockets fired from Gaza have never made it on to Israeli soil, and may be partially responsible for Palestinian Arab deaths from within Gaza itself. According to the IDF Spokesperson's Office, over 100 rockets fired at Israel have fallen short of their targets, causing an unknown number of deaths. 

Some of the rockets have fallen on Israeli Arab or Palestinian Authority (PA) areas as well, with no response from Hamas. Early in the operation, one rocket fell in an Arab village near Hevron, and another in Bethlehem; two Bedouin girls were recently seriously injured by Hamas rocket fire.