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Liberman: Jail Arab MKs Who Attended Hamas 'Victory Rally'

Foreign minister says radical Arab MKs who took part in terror 'victory rally' in Galilee should only be allowed to 'celebrate' behind bars.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 8/31/2014, 1:32 PM

Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor Liberman
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) on Sunday called for the radical Arab MKs who took part in a "victory rally" for the terrorist group Hamas last Friday in northern Israel to be jailed as traitors.

Those taking part in the Galilee march entitled "Gaza Victory: This is Our Holiday," which commenced in the Galilee's Kafr Kabul, included MKs Hanin Zoabi, Basel Ghattas, and Jamal Zahalka (Balad), as well as Islamic Movement in Israel head and convicted terrorist Sheikh Raed Salah, and Raam-Taal MKs Ibrahim Tzartzur and Masoud Ganayem. 

"Those who took part last Friday...need to 'celebrate' an extended period behind lock and key on charges of treachery and support of terror," wrote Liberman on his Facebook page.

The foreign minister noted that those joining the rally "didn't protest out of a humanitarian identification with the residents of Gaza; instead they expressed open support for an enemy that fought for two months against the state of Israel."

"Therefore they should be treated as traitors and supporters of a terrorist organization; stand them on trial and give them the 'right' to stand for a moment of silence - as they did at the rally - in jail cells," added Liberman.

The Arab Monitoring Committee in Israel organized the event, a fact Liberman pointed out in arguing that the government must desist from treating the Committee as a legitimate organization.

"These are extremists who support enemies of the state, and speaking with them gives a negative message to the Israeli-Arabs who are loyal to the state, and a strengthening message to the extremists who support the terrorist organizations," concluded Liberman.

At the rally Zoabi, who was recently recommended by the police for trial over incitement charges, said "we are part of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian resistance in Gaza, which caused to fail all Israeli targets, both military and political."

In response to the statements, MK Alex Miller (Yisrael Beytenu) suggested on Saturday night that Zoabi undergo a psychiatric evaluation

"On the one hand she is elected by the citizens of Israel and on the other hand encourages the destruction of Israel, from which she makes a living. This is not an ideology, but a deep psychological issue. It's time for her to solve her problems and go get institutionalized," said Miller.

The rally last Friday preceded another Hamas "victory march" on Saturday in the Palestinian Authority (PA) stronghold of Ramallah, featuring Hamas activists and a telephone speech by Gaza-based Hamas leaders.