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MK Tibi Rebuked by Knesset for Praising Terrorism

Monday, March 19th, 2012

A speech MK Tibi gave in Ramallah during the “Shahid Day” cost him a severe rebuke by the Knesset Ethics committee, which did not hold back in criticizing him. One of Tibi’s statements was: “Blessings to the thousands of Shahidim in the homeland and abroad; blessings to ours and yours Shahidim inside the Green Line – those who the occupier wanted to brand as terrorists, while we say that there is no one loftier then those who have died for the homeland”.

The committee stated that, “His words constitute an insult to the Knesset’s honor and the public trust in it,” thus accepting the Forum’s stance. The committee decided to penalize Tibi with a severe rebuke.

In his response to the committee, MK Tibi explained that the meaning of the words to a Jewish ear is not the same meaning to which he intended in his speech in front of a Palestinian crowd. Even so, the committee pointed out, his words are understood in their literal terms by the majority of Israeli citizens. His words constitute support by an MK for people who were killed while killing others in terrorist acts.

In its decision the committee stated that it goes to great lengths to safeguard the political right of expression of the MKs, even when it involves difficult and extreme statements, although the committee differentiated between “political statements and statements which are comprised of support and encouragement of violence.”

The committee chose to point out to MK Tibi that, “We will not accept in the future, as a justification of extreme and violent expressions, a claim of misunderstanding and double meaning. MK Tibi, as all other members of Knesset, must weigh his words and their understanding by the broad public, and decide if they constitute an insult to the Knesset and the breach of the ethical guidelines of the MKs.”

The Legal Forum lauded this decision. Hila Cohen, the Forum’s representative, stated that the severe rebuke is a worthy punishment, even though some may claim that it is a light punishment for such harsh words. “The fact that MK Tibi participated in such a heinous event is in itself a testimony to the fact the Tibi’s objective is the destruction of the State of Israel.”

This recent success of the Legal Forum is the result of four years of intensive work tracking statements by MKs who speak against the State of Israel as the Jewish People’s state. Similarly, the Forum has lodged a complaint with the Ethics Committee and the Attorney General against MK Hanin Zoabi’s participation in the Gaza Flotilla, a complaint against Arab MKs who traveled to Libya, MKs who participated in demonstrations against the Israeli state and more.

“An MK cannot take advantage of his status and fool u,s” stated Nachi Eyal, director of the Forum. “The Forum’s objective in its continued activities against these MKs, is to restore the democratic values to their proper place, together with the Jewish Zionist values on which the State of Israel was founded. In a democratic state, the democratic values do not tread upon the foundations of state itself, but rather walk hand in hand with them. This is the status the Forum is trying to achieve, and the Ethics committee’s latest decision proves that we are in the correct direction. This decision together with the previous ones has an accumulating affect.”

Palestinian Missile Range Expanding, Getting Closer to Tel Aviv

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Rocket fire from Gaza continued unabated throughout the day Monday, as terrorist struck deeper into Israeli territory and two people sustained injuries.

For the first time in the current round of escalation by the various terror groups in the Gaza strip, two rockets struck the town of Gedera, which is a mere 40 km from Tel Aviv.

Two Grad rockets were also fired at Ashdod and exploded inside the city proper. One of them exploded in an open area, causing little damage, while the other landed inside the city center, where an Ashdod resident in her eighties and another person were injured from flying glass. One person also suffered a heart attack and seven others were treated for shock. Visible damage could be seen on store buildings and cars. Minutes later, another red alert sounded in the city and residents reported that they heard two explosions, but the Iron Dome system shot down the rocket.

A map of Israel showing Gaza, Gedera and Tel-Aviv

A map of Israel showing Gaza, Gedera and Tel-Aviv (broken lines mark the old 1949 border)

So far, over 40 rockets have been fired into Israel on Monday, as the entire southern region -from Sderot to Beersheva, from Ashdod to Gadera- and its 1 million remain under continuous threat.

Home Front Command Chief Major General Eyal Eisenberg held a briefing in which he said that he anticipates the violence to last for a few more days.

Picking up on this thread, the Jewish Press’ Knesset Insider, Jeremy Saltan said that talk of a cease fire has increased in the halls of the Knesset. “MKs on the Left don’t want to see an escalation because it will harm possible talks with Palestinians and the Right usually does better in the polls after large military missions…while MKs on the Right – aside from National Union- seem to think a ceasefire is the best idea and surgical strikes are sufficient, without the need for ground forces.”

“Every MK I have spoken with expressed deep solidarity with the citizens in the South,” Saltan said,  “but they all also stress the big picture.”

Raam Ta’al MK Ahmed Tibi expressed a different sort of solidarity Monday on his Facebook page, where he wrote: “Gaza is strong and will weather through.” No stranger to controversy, Tibi enraged fellow MKs for his apparent apathy towards the plight of the million citizens of the state he purports to represent. MK Danny Danon said: “Tibi is a terrorist disguised as a Knesset member. He has crossed every red line imaginable. In any other country he would spend the rest of his life behind bars.”

Tibi’s spokesman responded by saying that “[t]hose who initiated the killings knew what the response would be… We say again – there is no symmetry between the occupier and the conquered.”

 

MK Tibi Banned From Giving One-Minute Plenum Speeches

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

The Knesset Ethics Committee has prohibited Raam-Ta’al MK Ahmed Tibi  from delivering one-minute speeches for the next month, after he used the plenum to lambast, in Arabic, an earlier Ethics Committee decision to suspend him from the Knesset for a week.

Tibi’s spokesman responded with a complaint to Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin that the Knesset Ethics Committee is a “right-wing tribunal that oppresses Tibi because of his speeches.”

“MK Tibi will continue to give his profound and sharp speeches without fear and without hesitation,” his spokesman added.

MK Tibi Praises Palestinian ‘Martyrs’

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Raam-Taal MK Ahmad Tibi, remarking at a Palestinian Authority event commemorating Palestinian ‘martyrs,’ said last week that “the martyr is the symbol of the homeland.”

The NGO Palestinian Media Watch obtained and released the video, in which the Member of Knesset is also heard saying that “there is nothing more praiseworthy than those who die for the homeland.”

When questioned about his remarks, Tibi brushed off concerns as “Israeli ignorance.”

National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari, after being briefed on the matter, wrote a letter to Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein, imploring him to prosecute Tibi.

“Your office has not hesitated to prosecute right-wing activists for less severe speeches,” Ben-Ari wrote. “The time has come to stop Tibi’s party.”

Ahmad Tibi Suspended From Knesset

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

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.

MK Tibi Suspended from Knesset Week For Profanity-Laced Poem

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

The Knesset’s Ethics Committee has suspended Raam Taal MK Ahmad Tibi from participating in any Knesset sessions for a week, after he recited a poem disparaging Yisrael Beiteinu MK Anastassia Michaeli.

Tibi read the poem after Michaeli threw water at Labor MK Raleb Majadle during a committee session last week.

In the poem, Tibi spoke of Michaeli, “who  grew there in the garbage pile of Yisrael Beiteinu,” and used an Arabic profanity to describe the incident.

ZOA President’s Encounter With Arab Lawmaker

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

JERUSALEM – An American Jewish leader was restricted by security guards from entering the Knesset last week after he questioned an Arab lawmaker over seemingly anti-Israel statements and practices.

The episode unfolded when Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, was in the Knesset waiting room with a group of other U.S. Jewish leaders who had come to parliament for pre-scheduled meetings with the country’s top leadership, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The group was about to enter when Klein noticed Israeli Arab Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi walking into the building.

According to Klein and several witnesses who spoke to The Jewish Press, the ZOA president approached Tibi and questioned him about a conference the lawmaker attended in Doha last year in which he reportedly registered as a representative of the state of “Palestine” rather than Israel.

Klein also questioned Tibi about scores of anti-Israel statements the lawmaker has made, such as recent public charges from Tibi of Israeli apartheid against the Palestinians.

“I asked Tibi if he thinks it appropriate for a Knesset member to be blackening Israel’s image by calling it an apartheid state and to be going around as a paid Knesset member and yet representing himself as from the so-called state of Palestine, which doesn’t exist,” Klein said.

Both Klein and multiple witnesses related how after the questions were asked, Tibi started screaming “at the top of his lungs” for security to expel Klein, accusing the Jewish leader of physically and then verbally assaulting him.

When the guards entered, Tibi retracted his claim of physical assault but maintained that Klein had verbally assaulted him – a charge denied by others in the room at the time.

In line with instructions from the Knesset speaker, Likud member Reuven Rivlin, security guards were instructed not to allow entry to Klein until he formally apologized to Tibi, an action Klein refused to take.

“Why should I apologize for asking Tibi a legitimate question?” asked Klein. “And why should Rivlin side with Tibi? Rivlin has been a friend of mine for years and agrees with my views. Plus, I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Klein contacted Knesset members Aryeh Eldad of the National Union party and Danny Danon of Likud, both of whom invited Klein into the building as their personal guests, but was still denied entry.

After waiting in the lobby for two and a half hours, Klein was finally allowed in when Tibi accepted a personal statement from the ZOA president declaring that he had not meant to offend Tibi with his questions.

The drama did not end there, however.

About thirty minutes after the truce, Klein and other Jewish leaders ran into Tibi again in a large open section of the Knesset. They said that they overheard Tibi speaking on his cell phone in English about how Klein was only allowed into the building after he had officially apologized to Tibi.

At that point, Klein’s deputy, Steve Goldberg, approached Tibi to point out to the lawmaker that he was inaccurately describing the fiasco.

According to witnesses, Goldberg told Tibi, “That’s a total lie. Stop telling people that lie. Klein never apologized.”

Tibi then started yelling at Goldberg, prompting several security guards to rush into the room. Tibi claimed that both Klein and Goldberg had verbally assaulted him and demanded the pair be barred from the Knesset immediately.

Klein and others in the room, however, pointed out that Goldberg acted alone and that Tibi was not verbally assaulted. Tibi relented at that point and instructed the guards to boot Goldberg, who was promptly escorted from the building and not allowed back in that day.

Tibi told The Jewish Press this week that when Klein first approached him in the Knesset lobby, the ZOA president told him he should not be allowed in the Knesset building because of his alleged anti-Israel views.

That claim was denied by Klein and several witnesses to the confrontation.

Tibi also accused Klein of being a “rightist” who is “anti-Arab.”

“He has a problem with me because my first name is Ahmed,” Tibi said.

Klein retorted, “No, I have a problem with him because he is anti-Israel and also a Knesset member.”

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