The Regavim movement, an NGO watchdog group for Jewish national property rights, caught Arab MK Ahmed Tibi (Raam-Taal) red-handed in a lie, following his outburst in the middle of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Knesset speech Tuesday.
During Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit to the Knesset, Tibi pointed at fellow Arab MK Taleb Abu-Arar and shouted in English "there is no water and no electricity in his village. In Syria...maybe."
Regavim uploaded video images of Arara Banegev, the bedouin village in southern Israel where Taleb lives. The video clearly exposes Tibi's blatant lie:
Images of Taleb's house appear in the footage, clearly showing an air-conditioning unit, satellite TV dish, electric lines and an electric meter,
"For MK Tibi's information there's water and electricity, just come visit," reads text in the video.
In response to Tibi's outburst, Netanyahu brought Tibi's recorded position into play, remarking "I haven't found any Arabs who wish to leave the State. Quite the opposite; Arabs gave been very upset at a proposal by Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman that would redraw Israel's boundaries and include many Israeli Arabs in a Palestinian state."
Tibi has in the past announced he will fight the "strange" idea of Israel being a Jewish state, showing support for the Palestinian Authority's refusal to recognize Israel as such.