Lieberman: Arab MK 'Collaborators' Should Be Executed

Gideon Alon
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Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman yesterday lashed out at Israeli Arab political parties and said he hoped Arab Knesset members would be executed.

During a Knesset plenum debate, Lieberman said Arab MKs who meet with Hamas leaders "are cooperating with the enemy" and must stand trial.

MK Lieberman, whose party failed to reach a coalition deal with the Kadima party and will remain outside the government, said, "World War II ended with the Nuremberg trials and the execution of the Nazi leadership. Not only them, but also those who collaborated with them. I hope that will also be the fate of the collaborators in this House," he said, referring to the Knesset.

Lieberman said his party demanded that the government's guidelines ruled that "all those instigators and those who collaborate with terror from within this house [the Knesset] must face sentencing - all those who continue to meet with members of Hezbollah and Hamas, continue to travel to Lebanon, and those who just two days ago declared that Independence Day is Nakba Day and hoisted black flags." (Nakba - catastrophe - Day coincides with Independence Day; it is the Palestinian term for what has happened to them after 1948.)

Lieberman's words drew a sharp reaction. Labor MK Raleb Majadele said to Lieberman: "You are a racist. You do not accept the decisions of the nation. You are two-faced."

Ra'am-Ta'al MK Ahmed Tibi said Lieberman's "racist comments" were made by a "man for whom fascism has become a way of life, and racism a tool of his trade."

Ra'am MK Ibrahim Sarsur filed a complaint with the Knesset Ethics Committee against Lieberman. Lieberman's comments constituted racist incitement that is liable to lead to the spilling of Arab MKs' blood, said Sarsur.