Skip to comments.Knesset Bill Angers Israeli Arabs (Israel Seeks To Ban Israeli Arab MK Treasonous Activity Alert)
Posted on 10/31/2007 8:40:43 PM PDT by goldstategop
The preliminary passage of legislation aiming to bar Israelis who visit "enemy states" from serving in Parliament has sparked heated exchanges.
Israeli-Arab MPs said the plan showed the Knesset was "racist" and vowed not to abide by any eventual law.
One of the sponsors defended the proposal, reportedly saying: "Enough of Arab Knesset members spitting in our faces and us saying it's raining."
In April an MP who had visited Syria and Lebanon was accused of spying.
Azmi Bishara fled Israel after facing charges of spying for the Lebanese group Hezbollah during last year's war.
He says he is the victim of persecution.
Fears of spying
The legislation passed by 52-19 votes on Tuesday will have to be approved another three times before being enacted.
It seeks to make it illegal for Israelis who visit "enemy states" - including Syria, with whom Israel remains technically at war - without permission to serve as a Knesset member.
The proposals were put forward by two right-wing members - Zevulun Orlev and Esterina Tartman.
"Visiting enemy states stirs fear that sensitive security information could be relayed," the Jerusalem Post quoted Mr Orlev as saying.
"The Bishara episode and the incitement used by some of the Arab MPs, such as their trips to Syria and meetings with Hamas leaders, are not in the realm of free speech, but form clear encouragement of armed attacks and terrorist activities against Israel."
Ms Tartman reportedly said it was "time for Israel to open its eyes. Enough of Arab Knesset members spitting in our faces and us saying it's raining."
The move was bitterly rejected by Israeli-Arab MPs.
"The Knesset is steeped in racism," said Ahmed Tibi of the United Arab List party.
"Corrupt members of the Knesset want a Knesset without Arabs... If I am invited [to an enemy state] I will go despite the law."
"If we have to choose between loyalty to our people, or serving the Knesset, then good luck to the Knesset," said Muhammad Barakei, who heads the Hadash party.
"All the racists can choke."
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
Well. Israel has its Arabs. We have our democrats.
This is literally stabbing someone in the back and then calling them a racist when they complain about it.
"Arab" is not a "race". They are Caucasoid, as are Jews.
Oh, I forgot, we already have!
But none of our current elected politicians seem to pay much attention to such outmoded/unenforced laws and proscribed rules of conduct for government officials designed to hamper treasonously intentioned elected and/or appointed government officials from committing actual treason!
They should not only be barred from holding political office, they should be barred from living in Israel if their loyalty is to the Arab states. The Arabs are permanently at war with Israel and no 24 hour day passes without Arab rockets or mortar shells falling on Israeli soil. Having Arabs in the Knesset is equivalent to the US having North Koreans or Taliban partisans in Congress.
Right on, goldstategop!
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