MKs to ask Knesset to disqualify Tibi bill on Nakba denial

July 4, 2011 08:35

Right-wing Knesset members on Monday were expected to ask the Knesset Presidency to reject a bill submitted by MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List) to revoke state funding for public NGOs and organizations who deny the "Nakba," Israel Radio reported.

The presidency, consisting of the Knesset Speaker and his deputy, is authorized to refuse the discussion of a bill in the Knesset if is racist or denies the existence of the Sate of Israel.The Knesset's legal adviser, Eyal Yinon, decided in an unusual move not to take a stand on the disqualification or approval of the proposal, and left the decision to the Knesset Presidency.

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin expressed doubt over whether it was legal to disqualify Tibi's bill, but said the bill is an act of provocation against the state.

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