The government and media are ignoring attacks on Israeli- Arab students in
Odessa, MK Ahmed Tibi (UAL-Ta’al) told the Knesset Tuesday.
Tibi wrote a
letter to Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin and gave a speech in the plenum
after students studying in the Ukraine were attacked by a neo-Nazi
“I recently received complaints from Arab students in the Ukraine
who are harassed and persecuted by a fascist group that threatens and physically
hits foreigners in the country while yelling abusive and racist slogans like
‘Ukraine for Ukrainians,’” Tibi wrote.
According to Tibi, local
authorities in the Ukraine did not help the 300 Israeli students in the country,
Arab or Jewish, by protecting them or deterring the attackers.
last week someone was murdered and 15 more from around the world were murdered,”
Tibi added. “Arab students have been hiding in their homes for the past two
weeks when they’re not in school.”
The UAL-Ta’al MK called for the
Foreign Ministry to help the students and repeated his message in the plenum
later Tuesday. He also accused the Israeli media of ignoring the issue because
the students being attacked were not Jewish.
“These students are Israeli
citizens,” he pointed out. “It’s like we don’t exist and our pain isn’t real
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein responded that he had contacted the
Ukrainian government and was promised that the heads of the national and Odessa
district police were investigating the matter.
MK Basel Ghattas (Balad)
called on fellow legislators to contact the Ukrainian parliament and call on it
to condemn the phenomenon.
“Fascism doesn’t differentiate between
people,” he said.