MK Taha encouraged kidnapping

MK Erdan: Taha's statements in online chat show "serious breach of faith" toward Israel

July 9, 2006 10:27
1 minute read.


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


"Attacking citizens is a tame option. The other possibility is the military option, where a resistance military unit is established to infiltrate army camps, to confront soldiers, fight with them, and take the soldiers and the occupation captive," said MK Wasal Taha (Balad) to Palestinian internet users in an online chat room, NRG reported Sunday. Other MKs expressed outrage over Taha's encouraging the kidnapping of IDF soldiers. MK Gilad Erdan (Likud) said Taha's statements showed "a serious breach of faith toward the State of Israel," and spoke to Interior Minister Roni Bar-On about the possibility of revoking Taha's citizenship. Meretz MK Ran Cohen called Taha's calls for a "military approach" immoral and inflammatory. "Taha's identification with the Palestinian people cannot justify calls for violence and kidnapping soldiers," he said. MK Zevulun Orlev of NU/NRP, who had proposed a law to revoke the citizenship of MKs who endorse or identify with terror organizations, declared that "the treacherous words of MK Taha prove that Trojan horses have infiltrated the Israeli Knesset, and democracy must defend itself from them. Taha is proud of cooperating with the enemy and testifies that the kidnappers' instructions did not come only from Khaled Mashaal in Syria." Israel Beiteinu MK Alex Miller said Israel must "bring to strictest justice anyone who incites terror and attacks on IDF soldiers, and aids terror organizations." "If Palestinian terror organizations are Taha's cronies," said Miller, "then he can relieve us of his presence and go live with them."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town