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Security around MK Eitam boosted after anti-Arab speech
Bodyguard assigned to rightist lawmaker a few weeks after he told Arab MKs 'day will come when we will banish you'

The Knesset has recently assigned a bodyguard to Effie Eitam following a vehement speech in which the National Union-NRP member told Arab-Israeli lawmakers that "the day will come when we will banish you from this house (Knesset) and from the national home."

 

In his speech last month the rightist Knesset member added: "You (Arab MKs) should be expelled to Gaza, where your people, who are fighting us, dwell; that is where you belong."

 

After delivering the speech, while making his way to the apartment rented for him by the Knesset in Jerusalem's French Hill neighborhood, Eitam was approached by a man who said to him in an Arabic accent "don’t think you can expel us from here; we heard what you said."

 

A similar incident that occurred just a few days later prompted Knesset security to boost security around Eitam as he enters and leaves his flat.

 

A few weeks ago the Knesset increased security around Kadima MK Otniel Schneller following threats he had received. Schneller told Ynet at the time "I will never be deterred by threats. I will continue to walk tall." 

 

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