Meretz MK lashes out at Israel Hayom

MK Esawi Frej slams Israel Hayom for reporting about an anti-Zionist woman who works for the National Road Safety Authority.

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Esawi Frej
Esawi Frej
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MK Esawi Frej (Meretz) on Wednesday slammed the Israel Hayom newspaper for reporting about an Israeli Arab woman who works for the National Road Safety Authority and is known for being active in radical pro-Palestinian and anti-Zionist organizations.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) has called for the dismissal of the woman, Malakuba Nassar, from her post following the report.

According to MK Frej, "Israel Hayom and the factors it serves do not want Arabs, not in public service nor in the state itself. This is not just the publication today, but also about an advertisement this week announcing a memorial service for Rabbi Meir Kahane.”

"It is no longer a newspaper, but a propaganda tool used for persecution and silence. I call upon my friends in the Arab sector and on the left to stop cooperating with Israel Hayom, a newspaper whose sole interest is to serve the racist interests of its owners and associates," charged the Arab MK.

Katz had earlier on Wednesday called for any legal means possible to immediately be taken in order to terminate Nassar from the National Road Safety Authority.

"Those active in Palestinian anti-Zionist organizations don't deserve to be given an educational and explanatory role on behalf of the State of Israel, in such an important field as road safety," Katz said.

The Minister added that in light of the information that was uncovered, the National Road Safety Authority must take legal measures and suspend her from her position immediately.

Frej caused an uproar several months ago, when he compared between Nazi Germany and statements made by U.S. President Donald Trump and Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev (Likud). The comments were made during a Knesset session marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was attended by Holocaust survivors. Some of them, outraged by the audacity of Frej’s remarks, got up and left the plenum in protest.

Frej later sought to clarify his remarks and said, "I wanted to convey the message that we must remember not only the victims of the Holocaust, but also the lessons...the fight against racism and nationalism is a central lesson that sometimes I have the feeling that our leaders have forgotten. It is strange that this statement was met with populist criticism from none other than MK Forer, whose party chairman [Avigdor] Liberman called ‘to judge Arab MKs like in Nuremberg’, as if we were Nazi murderers.”