Israeli diplomat vs the State of Israel

Bedouin diplomat calls on international court to try Israeli officials over what he says are Israel's plans to destroy his home village.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem
Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem
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Jerusalem has dealt with diplomats who deviated from the line of the State of Israel. Now an Israeli diplomat has spoken out against the state he represents.

Ismail Khalidi, a Foreign Ministry diplomat from the Bedouin community, published a biting post in his personal Facebook account accusing the State of Israel of attempting to "liquidate and purge" what he called the "Bedouin heritage."

Khalidi invited readers to join the struggle for the Galilee village in which he lives and claimed that the state "wants to turn it into a ghetto."

He added that he intends to appeal for relief against the state from the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The Foreign Ministry discovered the post and demanded that Khalidi take it down. He complied with the Foreign Ministry's demand. However, officials at the ministry say they do not intend to drop the matter from the agenda

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said Thursday that "the grave incident in which Israeli Foreign Service Minister Ismail KhaIidi wrote that action must be taken against the State of Israel in The Hague is an unprecedented event that must be dealt with severely. We will not tolerate a situation in which an Israeli diplomat provides backup for lying against the State of Israel."

Hotovely also discussed the matter with the director-general of the ministry, Yuval Rotem, and noted that the matter would be dealt with by the responsible authorities.