MK Ahmed Tibi
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At a Knesset discussion of the state budget MK Ahmed Tibi (Raam-Taal) lashed out at Jewish Home Chairman and Minister of Economy, Naftali Bennett.

Tibi ranted: "Even Uri Ariel has testified that the fiery Naftali Bennet has in his room pictures of leaders and members of the Jewish underground, terrorists, suicide bombers - he calls them terrorists, these people who cut the feet off of mayors. But Hir Alhamdan, a citizen of Kafr Kana, he also calls a terrorist?"

Tibi further claimed that Bennett views all Arabs as monkeys: "Naftali Bennett is the man who once told me in an interview 'we were here when you were still swinging on trees' - he referred to Arabs as monkeys."

"This man, shrapnel went into his head. Filthy remarks of a racist head. Naftali Bennett is a racist anti-Semitic Jew. Whoever speaks like this about Arabs is an anti-Semite, and an anti-Semitic Jew is a horrible thing."

Despite the Knesset Speaker's request, MK Tibi offered no retraction to his harsh words.

"This man told me 'you were in the trees'. I demand, I invite the Minister Naftali Bennett to confront the things I said. I repeat them and conclude by saying Naftali Bennett is a racist and an anti-Semitic Jew," Tibi added. 

This is not the first time MK Tibi has hurled insults at Bennett. 

In July, in a radio interview where he refused to use the word 'terrorists' regarding the murderers of yeshiva boys Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Sha'ar and Eyal Yifrah, Tibi blamed "the government of Israel, Naftali Bennett and the rabbis who incited to murder Palestinians" for the revenge killing of Mohammed Abu Khder. 

Additionally, almost a year ago, Tibi slammed Bennett, after he gave a speech on technology at the Israeli Democracy Institute, telling reporters that Bennett “thinks with his backside.”

“There’s a problem with Bennett’s grasp of concepts,” Tibi charged. “Cucumber, shrapnel, backside… This is what happens when your brain is in your backside.”

The Arab MK has a long history of being criticized for his use of offensive language. Last week, he recited strange poem that referred to MK Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Betenu) as a child who wet his bed. In the 18th Knesset, he used vulgar language when speaking about MK Anastasia Michaeli (Yisrael Beytenu).

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