Israel’s Culture Minister clashes with Joint List bill to promote Nakba Day, reminding the Arab Knesset members, ‘You would not want to live anywhere else in the Middle East.’
By Arutz Sheva Staff
The Knesset plenum held a debate on the bill proposed by MK Ahmed Tibi (Joint Arab List) to hold an official memorial day in Israel for the Nakba (translated: ‘Catastrophe’), when the Arab nations failed in their attempt to destroy the nascent Jewish State in 1948.
Culture Minister Miri Regev, who spoke in response to the bill on behalf of the government, slammed the Arab Knesset members and accused them of hypocrisy. She claimed that they would not want to live in an Arab state despite their attempts to demonize the Jewish State.
According to her, MK Tibi should have proposed a bill called “Bracha” (blessing) in the State of Israel because Israeli Arabs live in the ‘Garden of Eden’ compared to the rest of the Middle East
“I suggest that those who came here only in recent decades not to talk about the lies of the natives. There is a definition of natives in international law, and all the people on the Joint List are proud natives. We did not come here,” said Tibi. “[We did not arrive] by ship and not by plane. We are the salt of the earth.”
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