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Girl spits at MK Tibi during university debate
Shahar Chai
Published: 30.12.12, 21:10
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1. Maybe Erdogan would like to meet her.
Just in case.
3. This is what Israel has become
A violent teenager who has been taught how to deal with people who have different points of view... This is Israel's youth. This is Israel's future...
4. Reporting the event along with the fireworks
Avramele   (12.30.12)
It would be nice to report the substance of the debate rather than hear about the temper tantrums that followed.
5. Disgusting behavior by ignorant students
Brian Cohen ,   Judean Peoples Front   (12.30.12)
No matter how much anybody dislikes Tibi - be they student or MK - Tibi's rights are protected by Israeli law. He is an Israeli citizen and has every right to speak freely, run for office and represent his constituency in the Knesset. Anybody who doesn't like it is free to not like it. Anybody who physically attacks Tibi is welcome to face the full force of the justice system that protects the rights of all Israeli citizens to freedom of speech, assembly and religion. Anybody who physically attacked Tibi today should be charged and tried in a court of law, and if found guilty I personally think they should do jail time. If you don't like my opinion, you are welcome to come debate me to my face here in the high hills of Judea, where most of my neighbors happen to agree with me.
6. #1
caleb ,   israel   (12.30.12)
That maybe true but how long would he insist on an apology?
7. Israel is getting almost as bad as Canada.
Serge ,   Montreal, Canada   (12.30.12)
Passions run high during wartime, especially in response to provocateurs and their provocations.
8. Well done girl !!!
Alon Frank ,   Beit Shemesh,Israel   (12.30.12)
He (Tibi) and the other terrorists should be spat on and be kicked out. Don't try to be so nice to this terrorist. He is also not nice to us !
10. Tibi may not be a terrorist
shmulke ,   w. coast, USA   (12.30.12)
but he's definitely an apologist for, and a supporter of, terrorism against Israel.
11. israeli youth
shlomi krichely ,   israel   (12.30.12)
its better than blowing up on buses!!! you think a jew would be able to talk amd live like TIBI does in any arab country???
12. Not surprising
Ferdinand ,   France & Israel   (12.30.12)
Unfortunately I'm not surprised by the girl's behavior and not surprised by many of the comments here. The principle of freedom of speech seems to be hated by a large segment of the population, and that is very worrying.
13. Tibi deserves everything that he gets
jarred stone ,   london uk   (12.30.12)
14. # 12: Once again...
Alex   (12.31.12)
...we see a thoughtful, sensible and mature comment from Ferdinand in France & Israel. The level of many other talkback-comments all over, are far below a civilized level
15. Tibi ...
moshe ,   Tivon, Israel   (12.30.12)
Tibi is a member of the Knesset, a citizen of Israel...albeit an apologist for Arab violence, a smooth talker, maybe even a provocateur. Even so , in Israel, Tibi has the right to speak his mind without fear of physical violence. Israel police must prevent physical attacks against Tibi. I don't like Tibi and long for the day when the Arabs in Israel turn against Tibi. In in this case I must agree with #5, Brian Cohen. moshe
16. Understandable, but NOT Appropriate
Israelit ,   Israel   (12.31.12)
The students shouldn't have reacted with violence, a walkout would have been much more appropriate. I have nothing but contempt for the likes of Achmad Tisi, but I wouldn't stoop to brawling.
17. Mutants
Vox ,   israel   (12.31.12)
To spit, to throw water or a shoe. People are losing the power to speak
18. Spitting girl can be a minister in Likud governament
Mark ,   Cleveland USA   (12.31.12)
She can be the foreign minister. Clearly she personifies the Likud platform. Send her to the UN so she can spit on all the "antisemites" (anyone who disagrees with right wing Judaism). Israelis have become thugs.
19. 12 and 14
alsky ,   Toronto   (12.31.12)
there is a fine line between freedom of speech and traitor. The girl is wise.
20. Stupid girls
dmhirsh ,   Maale Adummim   (12.31.12)
Concept check: we live in a democracy. I hope the girls were arrested. Hold up a sign. Chant outside. That's how it works.
21. Tibi
Student   (12.31.12)
He is an arab! That means trouble for the genuine Jews. Keep tibi and his ilk out of Israel. Why arfe there so amny dreck arabs allowed in Israel. I take the side of the girl who spat at Tibi. she deserves a crown!
22. #3 if you
the mad zionist ,   sf-ny-is   (12.31.12)
believe this article that spitting and pouring water is violent, what do you make of molotov cocktails, and anti-tank missiles at school buses? That's peaceful? What about Arab youths groomed to be suicide bombers? How zoabi attacking a Knesset escort? Let's be realistic doggie, ill condemn something that's wrong regardless of religion.Ethnicity etc. And I agree spitting is definitely not lady like and mature, but that's the thing, it's just not mature, it's not violent or a projection of a people's youth. Blowing yourself up with a bomb loaded with nails targeting civilians is a sign of a youth gone wrong direction. People like you would consider anything negative an Israeli does as wrong. But your not on this site trying to help anyone with their morals, your on this site just to get your knocks off on Jews. That's pretty sad. Myself and a majority of Israelis would love the middle east to be heaven like, but when your neighbors are out to destroy you, and all you do is spit on them, that's pretty mature my friend!!
23. 3
have you looked the past years at what is becoming of american universities and how arab students behave towards jewish students? just check scholars for peace in the middle east web site and see the violence and travesty of what is going on with the arabs on campus; such violence against the jews, harming the jewish students to such an extent that the usa department of education just instituted a government legislation to protect jewish and israeli students from harm. not only do arabs do this, but some professors encourage it. shameful! it is because of arabs on campus that brilliant students that are jewish or support israel are physically hurt. those arab students shout down any speaker that comes on campus to talk to students and that is pro israel. hameed aboughaze, iranian
24. Ynet! U R turning off many readers for
Israeli 2   (12.31.12)
siding with idiotic leftists and hateful arabs! Shame on you! Get a different mentality with a different set of head!
25. Violence?
HZ ,   USA   (12.31.12)
Spitting is violence? I guess it's the moral equivalent of shooting 1000+ rockets at innocent civilians, right?
26. #5 Brian Cohen,
Shgalom ,   U.S.A.   (12.31.12)
Tibi is an enemy of the israeli people, regardless of his status as a citizen. A couple of weeks ago arab teenage girls were provoking israeli soldiers in a totally uncivilized way, pushing them spitting on them. screaming at them, and I didn't see your comments about arab mothers who raise hatemongers and violent terrorists. I don't approve this israeli girl's behavior at all, but on the other hand I do remember the savage terror activities the israeli people have been subject to.
27. If a Jew behaved like Tibi in a Muslim/Arab country...
Abraham ben jacob ,   Canada   (12.31.12)
Any Jew who behaved like MK Tibi would suffer severe consequences in an Arab/Muslim country. Does this mean that Israel should be better than those Arab/Muslim extremely intolerant countries ? Yes, Israel already has proved it is a democratic and much better place just by allowing the freedom for a person like Tibi to be an MK in the first place; Tibi has the rights and freedoms to use inflammatory anti-Israel speach and his often un-democartic and anti-Israel behaviour while being protected by Israel's democracy, the very Country he attacks. Tibi would not get away with this behaviour in MOST sane and democratic countries.
28. Israel is not required to bend over backwards
Abraham ben Jacob ,   Canada   (12.31.12)
to the breaking point. There is an obvious common sense line between free speach, democracy and the extreme abuse of these very freedoms to attack and attempt to destroy your own Country. I strongly believe that Israel is not required morally to accept such obviously intolerant hateful and harmful people like Tibi merely to prove that Israel is a democracy. Those whose admitted goal is to break up Israel as we know it, is obviously not acting for the public good and is abusing democracy. Tibi and his ilk are not engaging in any democratic and constructive dialogue for the good and well being of the country. Instead they use their freedoms, to actively seek to dismember the Country which gives them these freedoms. There are reasonable limits to the abuse of freedoms that a country can tolerate. Israelis are not required to commit national suicide, in order to protect the extremist's use of freedoms which seek to facilitate the destruction of the Nation.
29. # 12
Birdii ,   Israel   (12.31.12)
What is much more worrying is ''Tibi's claim of ownership to the land of Israel & rejection of the right of the Jewish people to a democratic state'' Tibi has always been a trouble maker & will always be one. A shoe should have been thrown at his face for those comments.
30. #3
Alex   (12.31.12)
Yeah, in Israel we spit on commies and nazis. I think that would be known as common sense.
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