MK Ronit Tirosh (Kadima) called on Thursday to ban the United Arab List (UAL) from the Knesset, after a state comptroller report revealed that the party used NIS 5,000 in government funds to give plaques to six Gaza flotilla activists.
“The Knesset House Committee should disqualify the United Arab List from the Knesset immediately, in order to prevent them from causing further harm in the future,” Tirosh said.
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United Arab List is one of the parties that make up the United Arab List - Ta’al faction in the Knesset.
“UAL’s behavior shows how they cynically, provocatively and intentionally take advantage of Israeli democracy,” she added.
“They want to humiliate the State of Israel and make it a laughingstock to the world.”
According to Tirosh, “Arab MKs used their [parliamentary] immunity to take state funds and support our enemies. Giving trophies and plaques for terrorist activity against Israel on the flotilla is a slap in the face. This shameful phenomenon must be put to an end once and forever.”
Likud MK Danny Danon called for the party to lose all of its government funding.
“The Arab MKs show us once again that they are faithful to everyone that hates and harms Israel,” he said. “UAL should join the parliament in Ramallah.”
MK Arye Eldad (National Union) said that the Finance Ministry should ask UAL to compensate the state for tens of millions of shekels it cost the IDF to stop the Gaza flotillas.
“If the party feels the need to back up the terrorists that participated in the flotilla, the State of Israel must explain to them that [UAL] will be responsible for its expenses,” he explained.
UAL faction chairman Ibrahim Sarsour told The Jerusalem Post
that he could not comment until he read all of the report’s details.
However, he said he does not see a problem with supporting those who participated in the flotilla, an act he called “a just part of our movement’s social and political values.”