Tibi: Disqualification of bill is 'black day for democracy'

July 4, 2011 15:02


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United Arab List MK Ahmed Tibi on Monday said the Knesset presidency's decision to disqualify a bill he proposed on Nakba denial marks a "black day for democracy."

The bill, submitted by Tibi to the Knesset presidency to determine whether it can be discussed in the Knesset plenum, proposes to revoke state funding for public NGOs and organizations that do not recognize the Nakba.

"I stood in front of [the Knesset presidency] with a challenge, and you failed," the UAL MK said referring to MKs who voted to disqualify the bill. "You are not ready to deal with the challenge I placed in front of you."

He added, "This is a blow to freedom of expression and democratic values. The bill's purpose is to raise awareness over the suffering of the Palestinian people in 1948, and whoever denies that suffering is taking an inhuman stance."

The MK added that he would bring the challenge to the High Court.

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