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January 23, 2014 1:57 am

Busted: Knesset Member Tibi Exposes Israel’s Greatness

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Ahmad Tibi. Photo: ShalomLife.

On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was suddenly interrupted while addressing ministers of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. I would have expected all parties in attendance to display some level of statesmanship, especially considering the important circumstance surrounding this speech: The Prime Minister was the first Canadian leader to ever speak in front of the Knesset.

Prime Minister Harper spoke eloquently of the strong bond between Canada and Israel, chastised those who refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish State, and condemned groups who obsess over singling Israel out on the world stage.

But as Harper dismissed claims of Israel as an apartheid state, exposing the charge as “veiled” anti-Semitism, Arab Member of the Knesset Ahmed Tibi rose up and began yelling erratically at Harper, in what appeared to be a mix of Arabic, Hebrew, and English. It was his second outburst in an hour, the first of which had been directed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu only moments earlier. Tibi accused Israel of apartheid, which, if it were a legitimate claim, would have forbidden him from speaking in the first place.”Ž

Tibi, a former adviser to the arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat, and several of the 11 other Arab members of the Israeli Knesset, actively work through both actions and words to vilify one of the greatest and morally-conscious nations on earth. They portray Israel as an “occupier,” they incite hatred against Israeli civilians, and have personally participated in terrorist acts against the same country that they should theoretically be protecting. “Ž

In 2010, Haneen Zoabi, the first Arab woman to serve in the Knesset, provided a clear snapshot of the true intentions of some of these ministers. MK Zoabi gave credibility to those looking to soil Israel’s reputation by participating in the infamous flotilla incident, organized by the IHH, a radical, Islamist, Turkish terror group, which poses as a humanitarian relief fund. The operation allowed Zoabi and her comrades to sail toward the Gaza Strip, with plans to break a barrier that Israel had set up as a means of ensuring that no weapons fall into the hands of terrorists. After the captains’ refusal to heed Israel’s warning to turn back, IDF soldiers boarded the vessel, armed with paintball guns, in order to minimize civilian casualties. The soldiers were quickly wounded by the “activists” who were armed with knives and metal rods.”Ž

Though MK Zoabi was able to fool the world, bringing worldwide condemnation to Israel for trying to protect its sovereignty, Ahmed Tibi was unable to do the same. In a clearly uncalculated and unintentional move, MK Tibi exposed Israel for what it really is: A democracy, which grants rights to all its citizens, regardless of religion, color, or race. If Israel were not a democratic state, it would not allow a figure like Ahmed Tibi to vocally condemn the State of Israel, time and again, based on unfounded claims, as he attempted to do on Monday.”Ž

Tibi’s ideology also reemphasizes a point of great concern, namely, that Israel is too tolerant. Expressing various viewpoints is important, but not when one of the viewpoints compromises Israel’s safety. “ŽThe world has for too long used the Palestinian issue to cover up their hate for the Jewish people and these ministers are using their titles in the Israeli government, as representatives of the State of Israel, as a cover for their dangerous intentions.

Israel will continue to promote political representation for every group, regardless of their religion, culture, or race. But it must crack down on individuals, regardless of affiliation, who do not accept, and who work against, the very ideals that the country stands for.

Of late, two decisions by the Elections Commission, which would have disqualified Minister Zoabi from running in parliamentary elections, were shamelessly overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court. We can be sure that members of Israel’s right wing will, justifiably, continue with their attempts to disqualify ministers like Zoabi from future elections.

As Mr. Harper asserted in his speech, criticism of any government, especially one which is democratic, is welcomed. But when Israel is consistently singled out by those who ignore concerns of substance, like the slaughter of hundreds of thousands in Syria (including scores of Palestinians) there is clearly a double standard at play, one rooted in an interest far beyond that of equal rights.”Ž

After yelling at Prime Minister Harper, Ahmed Tibi charged out of the room along with his associate, MK Taleb a-Sana. If only this exit were their last.

Isi Stein, a New York native, is a recent graduate of the University of Miami, where he earned a Bachelors of Business Administration. He can be contacted at isi@steink.com.

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  • Ed

    Tibi perfectly embodies the schizoid contradictions of many Israeli and Palestinian Arabs. He is first in line to bark the ‘Apartheid’ fiction as an elected member of Knesset, yet is seized by apoplexy at the mere mention of transferring his area, the Arab Triangle, into the hands of the Palestinian Authority, whom he loyally advised to for many years.

    As the old Yiddish adage goes, you can’t simultaneously dance at two weddings.

  • RC

    It is somehow stunning that Stephen Harper, who might be a friend to Israel but is barely a friend to his own country, has managed to provoke Tibi to speak against Israel in the Knesset. But not surprising since the “bottom line” seems to be, on the part of much the Arab world, opposition to the existence of Israel as a state. My great-grandfather built a home in 1880, in what was then called Palestine and has been subsequently renamed Israel. It’s Palestine/Israel, and it’s Israel/Palestine – isn’t it?

    • Ed

      Well, RC, sorry to dispel your ahistoricity but in 1880, there was no ‘Palestine’. There was an impoverished Ottoman provincial backwater sparsely peopled by Muslims, Christians and Jews. After the 1949 Armistice when 1/2 the former British mandate was ruled by Arabs (Transjordan and Egypt), there still wasn’t a ‘Palestine’. Get with the program because trapping yourself in your illusions is as dissipating as the early Zionist illusion that the land was ’empty’. I grew up around Syrian and Egyptian Jews (as well as Christian Lebanese) whose houses and property predated the Arab invasions by many centuries and they are no more. That’s life.

    • Stephen Green

      Israel is Israel not Palestine it never has been and never will be, no Arab state has ever before the lie was put forward by Arafat called it Palestine. The Roman emperor Hadrian adopted this name after crushing the Jewish revolt in 135 AD it was taken from the name Philistine a Greek/Aegean people who entered the land and occupied it around the time that Joshua entered the land across the Jordan into Canaan about 3,500 years ago. The Philistine name means occupier as far as I know and no longer exist as a people, the Palestinian is not a people or race or nation but a product of the corrupt Media and Anti- Jewish hating U.N and Arab nations. If people did their study of Middle eastern history over the last 4,000 years they would find the Truth and know what really lies behind the myth called Palestine and the None people the Palestinian.
      The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob ( Israel ) gave this land to them many thousands of years ago and it is not mans right to divide it and give it to any other. The Word of God is clear that the Nations that do this Will be judged and crushed for doing this and for how they treat Israel. It’s His Land chosen by Him and His chosen capital is Jerusalem.
      Shalom Israel

      • gerry

        Aristotle wrote about the “Dead Sea” in what he called “Palestine.” 350 BCE Did he read his GPS incorrectly?

  • Sonia Willats

    I understand that Tibi’s false claim, made in the Knesset, that Israel does not supply electricity to the Palastinian population was refuted almost immediately.

    • Yale

      Yes. A picture was produced showing a TV satellite dish at the home of the Arab who allegedly had no electricity.

  • Israel should stop bending over backward to prove to the world that it is purer than snow. An oath of allegiance to Israel should be mandatory for all Knesset members.

    Common sense should prevail. No Knesset seat, salary, office space – no perks of Office to sworn enemies. “Either you are with us or against us” is a clear choice – if the oath is taken and adhered to fine – if ignored the revealed Enemy should be turned out.

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