“Shame on you, shut up”: a storm among Knesset Arabs over the Kfar Qassem law

“Shame on you, shut up”: a storm among Knesset Arabs over the Kfar Qassem law
“Shame on you, shut up”: a storm among Knesset Arabs over the Kfar Qassem law

The struggles between the Arab representatives in the Knesset reached a climax today (Wednesday), when MK Aida Toma-Suleiman raised the proposal to recognize the massacre in Kafr Qassem, to which the coalition opposed the vote. From the shared list: “Shame on you, shut up.”

In the end, the law for the official recognition of the massacre in Kafr Qassem fell, after a deadly vote supported the proposal by 12 MKs against 93 who opposed. Four coalition members supported the law, claiming it would fall anyway.

Watch Minister Fridge’s agitated speech:

Video: Knesset Channel

The bill proposed that the Israeli government recognize its responsibility for the massacre in Kafr Qassem carried out on October 29, 1956, that the commemoration of the day of the massacre be part of the school curriculum and that the state treasury budget the association to commemorate the victims of the massacre.

The Labor faction voted against the law, but MK Ibtisam Maraana was absent, although she wrote earlier that “this morning journalists are asking me if I will go against my faction, and the answer is unequivocally no.” Vote for, contrary to the decision of their faction to abstain from voting. The four MKs of RAAM also supported – all as stated in the opinion of the coalition.

Minister Issawi Frij asked to comment and said with a storm of emotion: “I am very sad as a member of the entire family of the massacre, I grew up on this pain. The desire to bring the state to its responsibility has been with me all my life.” He resented Suleiman and added: “I as a member of a family that is all asking you to pass the motion for a settlement but you insist that you want to make our pain an internal politics. I warn you, put the massacre aside. You are taking advantage of our pain for a few votes.”

Knesset Speaker Miki Levy went to help Minister Farage get off the podium and handed him a glass of water. Even after he got off the podium, Minister Farage continued to confront members of the joint list. He was examined at the Knesset clinic and evacuated to his home.


Shame shut storm among Knesset Arabs Kfar Qassem law

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