'Coward entered Fogel home.' Tibi
Photo: Gil Yohanan
Tibi: Palestinians ashamed of Itamar attack
Arab lawmaker tells special Knesset session 'despite dispute with settlers, struggle against occupation must be moral.' MK Levy-Abekasis: Eye for an eye

"The Palestinian nation is ashamed," Arab-Israeli lawmaker Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List-Ta'al) said during a special Knesset session on the terror attack in which five members of the Fogel family from the settlement of Itamar were brutally murdered in their sleep.


"A coward entered the (Fogel) home in the middle of the night. He looked at his victims while they were sleeping, and killed an entire family. A mother, father and their children. I wonder what that man was thinking when he looked at the baby girl's face and stabbed her," the MK said.


"He is mistaken if he thinks he will be called a hero – because he is a coward! He did not do anything in the name of the Palestinian people. The Palestinian nation is ashamed of such people, who distort its image and its righteous struggle to free itself of the occupation. A struggle must be moral, conscionable and fair. There are rules to the struggle against the occupation."


Tibi continued to say that "while it is true that we are in the midst of a major dispute with the settlers, the murder of children is much more than just crossing a red line."


MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) interrupted Tibi's address, but was quickly silenced by Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin.


Next to speak was MK Orli Levy–Abekasis (Yisrael Beiteinu), who said "these predators (referring to the terrorists behind the massacre in Itamar), who came to slaughter children in their sleep, have sealed their own fate. They are not worthy of a trial or of any other human process."


Levy–Abekasis said Israel must kill the terrorists. "The victims' blood cries to us from the ground. In this case it is important for us to act according to the eye for an eye rule – a life for a life," she said.



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