Sunday, November 27, 2011
Who will sue Ahmed Tibi?
Under the terms of Israel's new anti-boycott law, those who call for a boycott of the Jewish state may be sued for damages. Former political adviser to Yasser Arafat and current 'Israeli Arab' MK Ahmed Tibi (pictured here with his good friend Muammar Gadhafi) has called for a boycott of Israel. Will anyone step to the plate to sue him?
Arab MK Ahmed Tibi (Balad) has called on the world to boycott all Israeli companies that help perpetuate the “injustices” of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, in an op-ed published in the New York Times earlier this week.
Tibi wrote the op-ed as a direct response to the Knesset's recent approval of the boycott law forbidding individuals or organizations from publicly calling for a boycott against Israel or the settlements under its contro A In the op-ed, Tibi declared that his support for the right to boycott stems from his belief in ending the “Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory”, in granting “equal rights for Palestinians and Jews”, and implementing the right of return “for Palestinian refugees forced from their homes and lands in 1948”.
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First Publish: 9/20/2011
MK Ahmed Tibi in Ramallah
MK Ahmed Tibi in Ramallah
Israel news photo: Flash 90
On Sunday, MK Ahmed Tibi’s office denied reports that he was traveling to New York as part of a Palestinian Authority delegation. The next day, Tibi uploaded pictures to his Facebook page in which he can be seen alongside PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, senior PA negotiator Nabil Shaath and other PA delegates on a plane to New York.
The pictures, printed Tuesday by Maariv/Nrg, show Tibi deep in discussion with Abbas, and reviewing documents with other delegates.
Despite the photos, Tibi continues to deny that he is part of the PA delegation. “I was honored and gratified to fly on the plane of Abu Mazen, president of the Palestinian Authority… I flew on the plane from Amman to New York as a guest, not as a member of the Palestinian delegation,” he told Maariv.
While Tibi denied official support for the PA, he proudly admitted to helping the PA advance its cause. “I support the Palestinian position and work to promote it. I do not hide this,” he stated.
The PA has linked its own statehood bid to terrorism, choosing Monday to have the mother of several terrorists who murdered Israelis kick off the appeal to the UN.
Tibi and several other Arab MKs have openly backed the PA over Israel in recent weeks, encouraging PA leaders to go ahead with attempts to establish a state unilaterally, and undermining Israel’s efforts to win foreign support for negotiations over unilateral moves.
Suspicions were raised over Tibi’s PA ties when the Bethlehem-based Maan news agency listed him as one of the members of Abbas’ delegation. The veteran MK worked as an advisor to the PA prior to joining the Knesset, and even represented the PA in talks with Israel.
Several Zionist MKs attempted to bar Tibi from Knesset in 2003 over his support for the PA and for terrorism. While their initiative was successful, it was later overturned by the Supreme Court, and Tibi has since gone on to be reelected three times.
MKs in Likud and the National Union expressed outrage at Tibi’s latest activities. Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said he would demand an explanation, while MK Ofir Akunis (Likud) said he would file a complaint to the Knesset’s Ethics Committee.
A7 - 11.24.11
8. Arab MK Wants 'Settler-Free' Supreme Court
by Gavriel Queenann Arab MK Wants 'Settler-Free' Supreme Court
MK Ahmad Tibi (Ram-Ta'al) – a former political adviser to late PLO arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat – proposed an amendment to Israel's Basic Laws on Wednesday that would proscribe Israeli residents in Judea and Samaria from serving on the Supreme Court.
The bill reads candidates "will not be appointed as Supreme Court justice if he does not reside within the State of Israel, or he lives in violation of international or national law."
"Recently, there were attempts to promote the candidacy of certain judges by politicians from the right with some of these judges live outside the sovereign state of Israel, as recognized by international law - including the settlements in the occupied territories after 1967 constitute a violation of international and national law," Tibi wrote in explanatory notes for his proposal.
He added, "The servant of jurisdiction must send a message of respect for national law and international law. Settlements are living in blatant violation and defiance of international and national law and whoever does so is unfit to serve."
Contrary to Tibi's assertions the pre-1967 armistice lines are not "internationally recognized borders." Israel won Judea and Samaria from Hashemite Jordan in the 1967 Six Day War, but it was never sovereign territory.
Rather, Judea and Samaria were a part of British Mandate Palestine designated to become a part of a future Jewish state that Jordan seized during Israel's War of Independence in 1948. As such, Israel maintains Judea and Samaria are properly designated 'disputed territories' under international law.
Building communities in ‘disputed territories,’ while politically controversial, is not a violation of international law.
Nor, as Tibi bizarrely asserts, are Israeli citizens living in Judea and Samaria violating national laws. Indeed, Israel's government has recognized numerous communities in Judea and Samaria as municipalities where it provides essential services.
Additionally, Israel's Supreme Court frequently rules on matters in Judea and Samaria demonstratively showing it regards Israeli jurisdiction as extending to those regions – even if formal sovereignty has not been declared.
Critics say Tibi's proposed amendment is a clear anti-democratic attempt to disenfranchise a significant segment of the Israeli public he is in political conflict with.
Knesset observers say his proposal is unlikely to find support among the ruling coalition or government ministers – effectively dooming it to failure from the outset. Instead, they say, Tibi’s move is most likely a hollow propaganda stunt.
Comment:After reading the following, Americans should ask themselves if they would agree to the presence of enemies of the U.S. serving in Congress. It is obvious that the answer would be a resounding 'NO'! In Israel, however, the Arab community is represented by those who advocate the destruction of the state!
A fact that must be repeated over and over again is that it was the JEWS who were called 'Palestinians' until 1948 when they became 'Israelis. The Arabs in Palestine did not want to use that term and preferred to identify themselves as 'members of the larger Arab people'. They referred to themselves according to the countries from which they had come -i.e. 'southern Syrians'.
Initially, the conflict was between Israel and the Arabs; then, for political expediency, the latter adopted the 'Palestinian' identity which made them appear to be the indigenous inhabitants of the territory with Jews having no rights in the land. They have attempted to destroy the proof of the rich ancient history of Israeli ancestors who dwelled in the land for more than 2000 years before the several conquests that uprooted them. However, even during that time there was always a Jewish presence in the land, awaiting the 'return of her children' to that which was promised her even by the League of Nations in a unanimous vote by her 51 members on July 24, 1922. Every person ought to investigate this for him/herself and to understand that Israel is not an 'occupier' but is rather 'being occupied'.
An excerpt from Arutz 7 - Nov. 24,11 - provides an opportunity to comment on the status of Arab MKs (Members of the Knesset) who will say anything and do everything to delegitimize the State of Israel. For better understanding of the country's situation read the following about 2 Arab MKs and then the Arutz 7 piece:
Among Arab MKs is Wasil Taha who admitted advocating the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers; Gilad Shalit was recently released after more than 5 years in isolated captivity without even a visit from the International Red Cross.