20th Knesset, First Session, Summer Assembly
During a June 24 plenary session devoted to a request by the Arab Joint List to cancel an article in the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, Mazuz called on Arab lawmakers to return their Israeli identity cards and said ”we are doing you people a favor by even allowing you to be seated here – terrorists won`t be allowed to sit here.” The Ethics Committee ruled that his remarks ”undermine the very legitimacy of the Arab Knesset members` tenure in the Knesset and their existence as Israeli citizens with equal rights”
During a special plenary session marking the 10th anniversary of the uprooting of Jewish communities in Gaza and northern Samaria, Knesset Speaker Edelstein said ”the promises and predictions turned out to be one big illusion,” adding that a civil war was averted ”only due to the exemplary behavior of the evacuees.” MK Ghattas of the Joint Arab List stated that ”it was only natural to correct the injustice and evacuate the settlements from the Gaza Strip,” while Minister Ariel asked: ”Will we learn the lesson? Time will tell”
During an Education Committee debate on the BDS campaign, with the participation of researchers and university heads, Committee Chairman MK Yakov Margi said ”If the countries of Europe are not driven by universal values and not by humanitarian values – what is motivating them? I have no doubt that this is the old evil anti-Semitism.” MK Hanin Zoabi: ”There is a crime whose name is occupation, and the whole world recognizes it”
| ||The Knesset expresses its appreciation for the military reserve corps and holds a discussion on reservists and their service. Speaker of the Knesset Reuven Rivlin: ”Precisely because of the devaluation of the social status of reserve soldiers, this day in the Knesset is given added importance. If there is a necessity, in the past it was obvious, to express gratitude for all the reservists, it should start here in the Knesset and not just with nice words.” || |
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