MK: Deny Burg Plot in National Cemetery

Former Knesset speaker Avraham Burg should not be buried in the section of Jerusalem's Mount Herzl Cemetery reserved for national leaders, even if this requires passing special legislation, MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima) said yesterday.

He was responding to Burg's comments in an interview with today's Haaretz Magazine, in which Burg said that he is no longer a Zionist, favored abrogating the Law of Return and urged everyone who can to obtain a foreign passport.

"Avraham Azmi Leibowitz ... should look for a grave in another country," the MK said, combining Burg's name with those of Azmi Bishara, a former MK wanted in Israel on treason charges, and Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz, the intellectual who coined the term Judeo-Nazi. "It is inappropriate that he be buried in the section for national leaders."

Burg, who is still alive and well, is entitled to burial there on account of two former jobs, as Knesset speaker and Jewish Agency chairman.

National Religious Party Chairman Zevulun Orlev said that Burg "lost his sanity ... Burg in fact is announcing the destruction of the state and proposing that the Jewish people return to exile."

Meretz Chairman Yossi Beilin expressed sadness that "a man like Burg, who is salt of the earth, can say things like that. Obviously I don't agree with him."