(photo credit: Reuters/Mahfouz Abu Turk)
Arab List-Ta'al MK Ahmed Tibi slammed the current Likud-lead
government on Wednesday, saying it won't be long before the oppressive right-wing coalition votes to pass a
bill calling for "death to Arabs."
"The country's right wing and the neo-Likud are strangling our lives. It won't be long before they
initiate a bill calling for 'death to Arabs,'" Tibi said to an assembly
in Ramallah commemorating seven years since the death of former PLO
chairman Yasser Arafat.
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Tibi also criticized Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, calling him "the fascist settler that recently came to my homeland."
At the conclusion of his speech, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas joined Tibi, grabbing the Ta'al MKs hand prior to making his own comments.
The Ta'al MK came under fire from Likud MKs on Monday after
announcing plans to give a speech at the memorial ceremony for the
former PLO chair.
Levine (Likud) sent a letter to Defense Minister Ehud Barak requesting that he
block Tibi from going to the grave. The site is in Area A of the West Bank,
which is under full Palestinian control and closed to Israelis who have not
received special permission to enter.
MK Danny Danon went one step further, suggesting that Tibi "belongs in Ramallah's parliament."
Tibi said in response that he didn’t understand “the
right-wing rage” about his planned speech.
“I value and respect Arafat as
the leader and national symbol that turned the Palestinian problem from a matter
of refugees to a nation demanding renewal and independence,” Tibi
For several years before becoming a member of Knesset in 1999,
Tibi was a political adviser to Arafat and represented the Palestinians at the
Wye River negotiations in 1998.