PM blasts Arab protesters: You should be ashamed of yourselves

Protesters demonstrate against Netanyahu's visit to Israeli-Arab town. 'They're protesting against the State of Israel,' says Netanyahu.

David Rosenberg,

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu blasted Arab demonstrators who gathered in the Israeli-Arab town of Ein Mahil Thursday evening to protest against the Prime Minister’s participation in a local event.

Israeli Arab demonstrators waved flags from the Fatah movement – the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority and the largest faction within the Palestine Liberation Organization – in the northern Israeli town near the city of Nazareth, and demanded the Prime Minister cancel his appearance.

The Prime Minister declared his support for “coexistence” between Israel’s Jewish and Arab Muslim communities, and pledged to work to promote greater prosperity for all of Israel’s citizens.

“We believe in progress. We believe in coexistence. And we’re working towards those [goals], and we’ll keep working together with you. Here, in Ein Mahil, and everywhere else, we’ll work towards progress together.”

During his address Thursday evening, Netanyahu castigated the protesters gathered in Ein Mahil.

“I saw a protest at the entrance here. A protest. The [protesters] were holding up signs [with the symbol] of Fatah, of the PLO, and [protesting] against my visit. What for? What are they protesting against, I ask you. Against the fact that millions who have been killed or have been forced to flee from their homes in Syria, Iraq, and Libya? Who are you protesting against,” the Prime Minister asked rhetorically.

“Against the only state [in the region] that protects human rights and that established a field hospital to help the wounded? Against Israel? You should be ashamed of yourselves.”

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