A Catastrophe Indeed

May 24, 2009 at 16:42 5 comments

It’s not often I have the pleasure of agreeing both with Michael Eitan (Likud) and Jamal Zahalka (Balad) on anything — least of all a political issue.

But today hell seems to have frozen over.

The Ministerial Legislation Committee voted to put a motion before the Knesset to create a law banning all public commemorations of Nakba Day, that is the Arab mourning of their mass flight from what became the state of Israel. The motion was initiated by Alex Miller from (what else?) Israel Beiteinu, and will be put to the Knesset for a first vote next week. If the proposal passes, it will return to the Committee for the drafting of a bill.

Both Eitan and Zahalka criticized the motion sharply, but from slightly different angles.

Hadash MK Afu Aghbaria, by the way, won the “be-the-first-to-bring-up-the-Nazis” competition this time. He also managed to cram accusations of an anti-Arab jihad and apartheid into his condemnation of the proposal as well.


Entry filed under: Politics.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Marissa  |  May 26, 2009 at 12:27

    why does eitan want it???

  • 2. Mikael Tossavainen  |  May 26, 2009 at 12:32

    Eitan doesn’t want it. That’s the whole point. He thinks that it would only serve as a tool in the hands of Israel’s enemies.

    (I don’t know if he, possibly, also sees it as problematic from the point of view of freedom of expression, but one can always hope…)

  • […] 31, 2009 The Ministerial Legislative Committee may be far from perfect, but at least it doesn’t get it wrong every single time. Today, the Committee voted against […]

  • 4. Marissa  |  June 7, 2009 at 11:58

    that’s what i meant to write… why doesnt he want it

  • 5. Mikael Tossavainen  |  June 7, 2009 at 13:56

    maybe because he’s not quite as mad as you would think…


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