Knesset Member Talab El-Sana (United Arab List-Ta'al) says he was verbally attacked by a guest in the Knesset building on Monday. Earlier, El-Sana received threatening messages on his phone and a fax reading, "You are dead."
"I accuse the fascist Right for inflaming the spirits and poisoning the atmosphere, while exploiting the crisis for political gains. They dance on the blood and trample the basic principles of any democratic regime," El-Sana said.
The member of Knesset said that the State is facing a leadership crisis and that society is taking out its frustration and hatred on the minorities living within it.
"States that have undergone this process were overtaken by the fascist Right, which used the crisis to gain control of the country," he said, and warned that Israel's democracy was in danger. "We will not be the punching bag of ever frustrated Jews that visits the Knesset."
In addition to the Fax, El-Sana's bureau received threatening phone calls from an anonymous caller. El-Sana's assistant described the phone conversations to Ynet, "They call and ask to speak to the member of Knesset, and I explain to them that he's busy; then they say: 'Your day will come.' When I asked for the identity of the caller, he replied 'I am a citizen of the State of Israel. You are dirty Arabs; this is not your place, get out of here."
While El-Sana filed his complaint, the Knesset's house committee was holding a stormy debate over the revocation of privileges from the Arab MKs who visited Libya and MK Hanin Zoabi's (Balad), who participated in the international aid flotilla to Gaza.
Seven committee members voted in favor of the motion, while only MK Ilan Ghilon (Meretz) objected. The proposal will be brought in front of the Knesset plenum for a vote.