UAL-Ta'al MK Ahmad Tibi holds a Palestinian flag on Temple Mount.
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United Arab List-Ta’al head MK Ahmed Tibi headed a procession to the Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount on Saturday and raised the Palestinian flag.
“Al-Quds [Jerusalem] is Arab and the capital of Palestine and al-Aksa Mosque is a place of Muslim prayer,” declared Tibi, Channel 2 reported.
The procession was meant to celebrate the birthday of the prophet Muhammad.
Tibi also criticized the US administration for rejecting the UN Security Council resolution calling for a Palestinian state saying it takes “a double standard that continues the hostile policy to the rights of the Palestinian people,” according to the report.
Israeli Arab MK Tibi raises Palestinian flag on Temple Mount
Politicians were quick to respond and criticize Tibi’s actions.
MK Yoni Chetboun, who left Bayit Yehudi to join former Shas chairman Eli Yishai’s new party, Yahad Ha’am Itanu, said on Saturday evening, “Unfortunately this is not a new phenomenon, there is a fifth-column in the Knesset and only a big and strong national camp will put an end to it.”
Bayit Yehudi MK Nissan Slomiansky said, “Only in the State of Israel is an MK allowed to hoist the flag of Palestine on Temple Mount, but when you show a symbol of Judaism you are censured, removed, and even arrested!” “It is time that the Israeli government would take control of Temple Mount,” he added.
Bayit Yehudi candidate Dani Dayan said on Facebook that “he did not hear that [Police Insp.-Gen. Yohanan] Danino said a word” after “he [Danino] said a month ago that he would ‘not allow MKs that incite to go up on the Temple Mount.’”Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.