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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Right-wing politicians said Sunday that the day’s “Nakba” events proved that
Israel must not tolerate commemorations of the Palestinian “catastrophe” marking
the creation of the State of Israel.
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MK Alex Miller (Israel Beiteinu),
who sponsored the controversial “Nakba Law,” wrote a letter to Finance Minister
Yuval Steinitz (Likud) asking him to probe whether any state funds had been used
to subsidize “Nakba Day” protests.
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The “Nakba Law,” which was passed
during the last Knesset session, would allow the Treasury to impose financial
sanctions against state-funded bodies using the funds to sponsor “Nakba Day”
“The recent events have proven that there is a boundary to
cynicism and masochism, and thus I asked the Finance Minister to look in to the
matter and to place financial sanctions against those using taxpayers’ funds to
fund incitement, violence and anti-Semitic propaganda,” explained
Steinitz himself did not mince words Sunday regarding his
interpretation of the day’s events.
“‘Nakba Day’ is, from our
perspective, an attempt to deny the State of Israel’s right to exist and to call
in to question the very attempt to reach peace and coexistence,” he
“There is an entire strategic effort to take advantage of the Oslo
process in order to establish a Palestinian state without peace or security,
without recognizing Israel as the Jewish state, and with Hamas.”
permitting protesters to infiltrate the Israeli border, Steinitz alleged that
Syria had made “a cynical use of the Palestinians’ events and disagreements by a
leader who wants to distract attention from his internal problems by heating up
the struggle against Israel. Anyone who does not fear killing thousands of his
citizens in order to save his regime also does not fear sending them to cross
the border and to endanger them.”
Earlier in the day, right-wing MKs said
that the suspected terror attack in Tel Aviv was a direct result of “Nakba Day”
“Incitement by Arab MKs surrounding the Nakba have
brought us to murderous results today,” MK Danny Danon (Likud) said shortly
after the incident that killed one and injured a dozen people.
has come for Israel to reject the Arab-Israeli leadership which serves as a
fifth column. The place where [MK Ahmed] Tibi and his friends belong is in the
Hamas government and not in the Israeli Knesset.”
Uri Ariel (National
Union) said that “anyone who allows the Nakba myth to circulate and to spread as
a legitimate narrative should not be surprised that Israeli Arabs are killing
Jews in the streets.”
“Even in a democracy, there are boundaries to
freedom of expression, and the Nakba lie has clearly crossed them. The
expression itself should be eliminated from the public discourse,” he
But on the opposite end of the political spectrum, MK Ibrahim
Sarsour (UAL-Ta’al) said that the incident was “an ordinary accident and the
driver is innocent. It is regrettable the way normal events escalate to be
security incidents only because they are related to Arabs one way or
He added that the driver “lost control of his truck, which
resulted in damage in the city of Tel Aviv. The rumors and interpretations that
followed and the extremist rampage of some right-wingers created a false
impression that the incident was intentional,” Sarsour said.
completely contrary to the reality of the case.”