'Don't Preach About Zionism': Labor MK's Attack on Israeli Right Goes Viral

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MK Stav Shafir (Labor) being removed from the committee room after requesting explanations on defense budget transfers.Credit: Emil Salman

A short but powerful video of a recent Knesset speech by MK Stav Shaffir (Labor) has gone viral on social media in the past week.

In the video, the young MK sharply attacks Israel's right wing politicians, saying, "You're scared because in the past two years we have exposed your corruption. We have exposed how, behind your mask of ideology, you took the money of the Israeli public, the tax money that the public worked so hard for, and passed it on to your friends."

"Don't preach to us about Zionism," Shaffir continued, "because real Zionism means dividing the budget equally among all the citizens of the country. Real Zionism is taking care of the weak. Real Zionism is solidarity, not only in battle but in everyday life."

Had Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu written Hatikvah [the national hymn] it would have to be called "the hymn of despair," Shaffir said.

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