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February 7, 2016 / 28 Shevat, 5776
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Ahmad Tibi Suspended From Knesset

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MIDEAST ISRAEL POLITICS

The Knesset’s Ethics Committee issued a one-week suspension to MK Ahmad Tibi because of a crude poem he read in the plenum.

Tibi was criticizing MK Anastassia Michaeli for having dumped a cup of water on MK Raleb Majadle during a contentious meeting of the Knesset’s Education, Culture and Sports Committee last week. The two were engaged in a verbal sparring match, with each one shouting at the other to “shut up!” when Michaeli poured a cupful of cold water on Majadle and stormed out of the room – a move that earned Michaeli a month’s ban from the Ethics Committee.

In coming to Majadle’s defense, Tibi composed a rhyming rebuke of Michaeli in which he suggested that Michaeli had suffered “a plumbing problem” that caused her watery outburst. Tibi, a former gynecologist, also used puns playing on the similar sounds of certain Hebrew and Arabic words to make a not-so-veiled derogatory reference to Michaeli’s mother.

Tibi, unrepentant, said the suspension was part of an anti-Arab crusade against him.

“There are no Arabs on the Ethics Committee, and its members treat me as an enemy, so the committee’s decisions are prejudiced,” he said.

The suspension, which goes into effect on Sunday, pertains only to plenum discussions; Tibi will be permitted to participate in votes.

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2 Responses to “Ahmad Tibi Suspended From Knesset”

  1. JOE says:

    WHY DOES ISRAEL TOLERATE MUSLIMS WITHIN THEIR COUNTRY OR THE KNESSET. YOU ARE PERMITTING YOUR ENEMY TO ENJOY A GOOD LIFE AND MULTIPLY. THE ONLY WAY TO STOP THIS IS TO STERILIZE ALL ARABS AND PREVENT ANYOTHERS FROM ENTEWRING.

    MUSLIMS ARE THE ENEMIES OF ALL OTHER RELIGIONS.

  2. B Gold says:

    Except for the sterilization,agree with much of joe’s statement. Eretz Yisroel is our Holy Land, but the medina is a confused muddled bastardization. Has a wrong-headed idea of democracy. Is motivated too much by the leftist moral equivocators. implements the worst of U.S. policies (activist aggressive Supreme Court), misuse of halacha (shmiras haloshen should not insulate wrongdoing nor loyal criticism nor demand for answers). Three U.S. historical sayings:

    1. The Constitution is not a suicide pact
    2. Free Speech is not the right to yell “fire” in a crowded theatre
    (note this can cut both ways, protecting speech up to this limit)
    3. The Constitution is a shield not a sword
    (our parallel in tefila is B”H Mogein Avrohom)

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