Daily Israel Report

Knesset Members Rally Arabs for Syria; US, Israel are ´Spiders´

Arab MKs continued to arouse anti-Israeli support in Nazareth. Legislator Barakeh said a strong Syria will help divide Jerusalem. The crowd sang the Syrian national anthem.

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 12/31/2005, 10:48 PM / Last Update: 12/30/2005, 9:46 AM

Israeli Knesset Members Mohammed Barakeh and Azmi Bishara, along with Moslem clerics, denounced the United States and Israel at a pro-Syrian rally in the Galilee city on Thursday.

Barakeh told the crowd of 500 Arabs and Druze, "A strong and resistant Syria will bring closer the day in which Jerusalem will become Palestine's capital."

The rally was the second time in two weeks that Arab MKs gathered in Nazareth. Bishara rallied crowds against Israel and called for a return to the 1947 Armistice Lines.

"I will never recognize Zionism even if all Arabs do," Bishara declared. He had spoken the day after returning from an illegal visit to Lebanon, where visitors without Interior Ministry permits are considered as having entered an enemy country... We are the original residents of Palestine, not those who came from Poland and Russia."

Barakeh addressed the Arab and Druze crowd, comparing the United States and Israel to a large and small spider, and accused the two nations of trying to create a crisis between Syria and Lebanon. "We can clearly see the cobwebs" of the spiders, he told the audience as it cheered and waved Palestinian Authority (PA) flags and pictures of Syrian president Hafez Assad.

Moslem cleric Sheikh Ra'ad Salah stated, "We are facing an American-British-Israeli monster that threatens to swallow us all."

As they spoke at the pro-Assad rally, Al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria-backed Lebanon claimed they were responsible for this week's Natasha rocket shelling of Kiryat Shmona and nearby areas south of the Lebanese-Israeli border.

A terrorist gang linked with Al Qaeda and led by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has established cells in Syria which has ties in Lebanon.