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Tibi leaves Holocaust commemoration event as Ben-Gvir reads victims’ names

CM 08/04/2021 1


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MK Ahmad Tibi of the Joint List of Arab parties demonstratively left a Knesset commemoration ceremony for victims of the Holocaust when MK Itamar Ben-Gvir of the Religious Zionist Party was called to participate.
Tibi, who opposes Israel as a specifically Jewish state, is fiercely antagonistic toward Ben-Gvir and his far-right, ultra-nationalist party, which seeks to encourage Arab emigration from Israel.
Tibi took to Twitter following the end of the ceremony to explain his actions.
“We will fight against violence, against racism, and against fascism,” he wrote, adding that the Holocaust recalled “the history of racial theory. I will never give legitimacy to a racist who denies my human rights and those of my people because of who I am and who we are.”
Ben-Gvir was quick to respond, saying Tibi had not offended him but the memory of those who survived and those who died.

“The assistant of the murderous leader [Yasser] Arafat should not be in the Knesset of Israel,” Ben-Gvir tweeted. “Every moment that the terror-supporter Tibi is present in the Knesset is spitting in the face of the Jewish people and millions of [Holocaust] victims.” 

“The assistant of the murderous leader [Yasser] Arafat should not be in the Knesset of Israel,” Ben-Gvir tweeted. “Every moment that the terror-supporter Tibi is present in the Knesset is spitting in the face of the Jewish people and millions of [Holocaust] victims.” 
In a separate tweet he added, “Do me a favor and leave every time I get up to speak. It will be my honor.”
Tibi did not respond on whether he intends to boycott every speech and activity of Ben-Gvir in the Knesset.
One MK who made amends for previous, insensitive comments about Holocaust Remembrance Day was Labor MK Ibtisam Mara’ana.
Several years ago Mara’ana made flippant and dismissive comments about Holocaust Remembrance Day on Twitter, specifically saying she did not stop driving during the two minutes of silence when the siren commemorates the Holocaust, adding that it was a lovely two minutes.
On Thursday, Mara’ana observed the two-minute silence at the Knesset, attended the “Every person has a name” ceremony in which MKs read out the names of Holocaust victims, and lit a candle in memory of Holocaust survivors.
“I too will remember,” she tweeted. “For the sake of the survivors, the children, and the victims of hate. Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes Remembrance Day is a day that teaches us all the price of hatred and evil.”

During the “Every person has a name” ceremony, MK Avi Maoz of the Religious Zionist Party was verbally assaulted by a guest at the event, who said “It’s a shame you’re alive, and that your parents weren’t burnt there.”
Maoz called Knesset security officials who removed the individual and a complaint was filed with the Knesset Guard.
Maoz heads the hard-right, anti-LGBT, religiously ultra-conservative Noam Party, which is part of the alliance of ultra-nationalist parties that make up the Religious Zionist Party.
Earlier this week, Maoz condemned progressive Jewish denominations from the Knesset podium. Following remarks by Gilad Kariv, Labor MK and the first Reform rabbi to serve in the Knesset, he said they were not part of Judaism.
“A Jew is someone who the supreme authority in Jewish law among the Jewish people determines is Jewish, which for generations has been the Chief Rabbinate,” said Maoz. “In our connection to Diaspora Jews we are of course one people…There is a difference between an individual Jew and a movement, or as you [the non-Orthodox] are accustomed to say, denominations. There are no denominations in Judaism, there is one Judaism… Every Jew is a brother, every Jew is flesh of our flesh. But we will fight over standpoints, we will fight for the truth.”
Retorting from his seat, Kariv said, “You are a minority; this is a Jewish and democratic state, not a state of Jewish law.”

Source: Jerusalem Post

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