Mansour Abbas at anti-government protest in Tel Aviv
Mansour Abbas at anti-government protest in Tel AvivNo credit

Ra’am chairman MK Mansour Abbas on Sunday commented on the tens of thousands of people who came out to demonstrate in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, and mocked National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir on his handling of crime in the Arab sector.

"The demonstration was so impressive and powerful, I was only able to meet some of the people, so I wasn't exposed to the entire audience," said Mansour in an interview with Radio 103FM. "There were tens of thousands of people, Jews and Arabs, there. The judicial system symbolizes the most elementary value in any democratic system. We are in an area in which we are exposed to how other countries behave."

"We know what the judicial system looks like in non-democratic countries. We need an independent and powerful judicial system. This minister thinks he is a superman who can solve the problems," continued Abbas.

"The judicial system is reacting to the changes that apply to the executive and legislative authorities, and therefore it is not the powerful authority. It is trying to refine things, that is the fair description of the judicial system in Israel. Let them not deceive us."

The office of the Minister of National Security Ben Gvir said in response, "The minister toured the south of the country, where he also from heard Arab citizens, residents of Rahat and the diaspora, who asked him to save the south and heard from them that they hope he succeeds in restoring security. The time has come for Mansour Abbas to start dealing with the basic needs of the Arab citizens, instead of supporting Palestinian nationalism."