Defense Minister: Israelis Should Boycott Arabs Who Rioted Against Jerusalem Move
JNS.org – Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday that the Israeli Arab residents of the Wadi Ara area near Haifa “do not belong to the State of Israel,” following their riots against President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
Protesters pelted a bus with rocks in Wadi Ara on Saturday, injuring the driver and two passengers. Two rioters were arrested.
“It wasn’t just rock throwing at buses,” Lieberman told Israel Radio regarding the riots. “One journalist was almost lynched….We’ve seen terrorists come from there and people who participate in terrorists’ funerals. You can’t go out and demonstrate holding Palestinian flags and [at the same time] enjoy billions from the state and destroy us from within.”
“I call on the citizens of Israel to boycott Wadi Ara, not to go to shops there, not to use the services there,” he said. “Make them feel like they are not wanted here. Under a permanent [Israeli-Palestinian] peace agreement, they will have to be a part of Ramallah.”
Knesset member Ayman Odeh, chairman of the Joint List, an alliance of Israel’s Arab political parties, responded to Lieberman’s comments by saying, “Calls for boycotts against citizens just because of their national and religious background bring to mind the darkest regimes in human history. The thought that this man is responsible for the defense of the state should worry any sane citizen.”