Joint List head Odeh: Put Netanyahu on trial for anti-Arab incitement

By ARIK BENDER
October 13, 2015 16:21
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Joint List head Ayman Odeh wrote a letter on Tuesday to Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein demanding that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be tried for incitement against Arab lawmakers.

"Instead of disseminating lies, the prime minister should have supported members of Knesset from the Joint List who strenuously condemn ISIS and at every opportunity oppose the killing of innocents and bloodshed," Odeh wrote to Weinstein.

"In light of the tense situation in which Israeli society finds itself, the prime minister's statements are within the bounds of incitement to racism and constitute the repetition of deceitful stigmas," he wrote.

MKs from the Joint List demonstratively walked out when Netanyahu took to the podium at the Knesset on Monday, so they were not present when the prime minister accused some of them of incitement.

“We want coexistence, and we are investing in the Arab sector as no government has before, but there is a member of this House who said ‘the Henkin family [killed by Palestinians in front of their two children] are settlers. You cannot treat them as innocent civilians.’ What does that mean? That you’re allowed to murder them?” Netanyahu said, referring to MK Basel Ghattas (Joint List).

The prime minister said MK Haneen Zoabi (Joint List) “did not limit herself to settlers. She justifies acts of terrorism everywhere. She said, with great concern, to a Hamas newspaper two days ago that ‘actions by individuals are not enough, 'you need a full intifada.’ It’s unbelievable. An MK in Israel is calling for mass terrorism against Israeli citizens. There is nothing more justified than a criminal investigation against her.

“Whoever calls for murder or justifies it is not worthy of being a member of this House,” he said.

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