Israeli Arab Lawmakers Forcefully Removed After Protesting Pence Speech

'We protested in the name of all citizens who dream of peace'

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As U.S. Vice President Mike Pence began his speech at the Knesset Tuesday, Israeli Arab lawmakers pulled out signs protesting the address before being escorted out by security.

>>FULL TEXT: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's speech at Israel's Knesset

Arab Israeli lawmakers escorted out of Pence speechCredit: Haaretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and most of those present rose to their feet and applauded as the lawmakers were escorted out.

The poster Israeli-Arab lawmakers pulled out during Pence Knesset speechCredit: Haaretz

The lawmakers were holding up a poster proclaiming Jerusalem the capital of Palestine.

On Sunday, Ayman Odeh, the head of the Joint List, Israel's Arab coalition party, called Pence "a dangerous man with a messianic vision that includes the destruction of the entire region."

After Tuesday's protest, Odeh said the act was "a strong and legitimate protest against the Trump-Netanyahu regime, against an extreme right that glorifies racism and hate and speaks of peace as lip-service but does anything in its power to further push away peace. Our protest today at the Knesset was done in the name of all citizens opposing the occupation and dreaming of peace." 

In his speech before Knesset, Pence called on Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace negotiations. "Now we know Israelis want peace," he said, The people of Israel know the price all too well," while urging the Palestinian leadership to 'return to the table,' adding that "peace can only come through dialogue."