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Knesset circus gets uglier: MK Ahmad Tibi photoshopped as a pig

First MK Michael Ben-Ari tore the New Testament to pieces in his chambers. (See photo here)

Then, MK Ahmad Tibi tore a photograph of Ben-Ari’s mentor, the late and racist Rabbi Meir Kahane, over the Knesset podium. (Watch here)

And now, another disciple of Kahane, Baruch Marzel, posted the photo below of Tibi as a pig. Ben-Ari posted it on his Facebook wall, and has about 200 “likes” at this time.

Children playing with fire.

(If you’re on Facebook, please report. I did.)

Screenshot from Michael Ben-Ari's Facebook page

Screenshot from Michael Ben-Ari's Facebook page. Top text says: "The pig Ahmad". Sticker below says: "Today everyone knows: Kahane was right!"

h/t Nir Hoffman

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    1. Philos

      Ami, is that a new slogan on the picture or an old one?
      “Today everyone knows Khahane was right”

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    2. Igor

      The post is unavailable. Nothing to report…

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    3. I guess Facebook took it down

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    4. Arsch-Loch

      It is, and we consider it as a paradox or perhaps irony, that both Judaism and Islam abhor and loathe, the poor PIG, although it is an animal just like any other beast in the animal-kingdom.
      So Michael Ben-Ari’s deserves to put his contenece and as mixture of BOAR and SOW.
      Long live rationality.

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    5. Piotr Berman

      Ben-Ari is not exactly representative of the Knesset, probably among 5 most insane members.

      From JP:
      Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday slammed MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) for ripping a New Testament to shreds and throwing it in the trash.

      “I condemn any disrespect of holy texts of any religion, including ripping the New Testament by an MK yesterday,” Rivlin said in the plenum. “Every holy book is important to its believers.”slammed MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) for ripping a New Testament to shreds and throwing it in the trash.

      “I condemn any disrespect of holy texts of any religion, including ripping the New Testament by an MK yesterday,” Rivlin said in the plenum. “Every holy book is important to its believers.”

      However, in the same story:
      MK Nissim Ze’ev (Shas) said the New Testaments sent to the Knesset were written by “heretics” – meaning messianic Jews – and as such must be burned. He added that a Torah written by a female Reform Rabbi should also be incinerated.

      On the positive side, no one urged incinerating female Reform Rabbis.

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    6. Rorr

      Seems kind of witty to me.

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    7. kahalani

      During Operation Defensive Shield, Tibi participated in acts against Israeli soldiers. The Jerusalem Post reported that in July 2002 his immunity granting him freedom of movement was revoked by the Knesset until the end of his term based “on television footage of clashes Tibi had with soldiers at roadblocks into Ramallah while trying to visit Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and reports of his visit to the Jenin refugee camp in violation of military closure orders. Tibi confirmed he had visited the camp” (June 26, 2002).

      In June 2001, police chief Cmdr. Mickey Levy accused Ahmad Tibi of inciting thousands of Muslim youths on the Temple Mount, who threw rocks down at Jewish worshippers at the Western Wall during the Jewish mourning day of Tisha B’Av. Following the rock-throwing, some “350 Palestinian youths entered the Aksa Mosque to avoid arrest knowing that the police would not enter. They remained there for next three hours after initially refusing to leave the compound until police left the site. Finally at 6: 30 they filed out led by Tibi” (Jerusalem Post, July 30, 2001).

      In 2001, then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called for a probe of Tibi after the Arab lawmaker admitted to attending a meeting with Arafat in Ramallah which was also attended by Abed al-Rahim Malukh, the deputy secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The PFLP, considered a terrorist group by the U.S. and Israel, was responsible for the murder of Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Zeevi.

      Tibi also participated in the August 2009 Sixth Fatah General Congress. The Bethlehem confab affirmed that Fatah adheres to the option of waging armed attacks against Israel if peace negotiations do not yield what the leaders want, continues to endorse the Al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade – responsible for numerous suicide bombings and terrorist attacks– as its armed wing, and continues to glorify terrorists and vilify Israel.

      In another indication that Tibi’s loyalty to the party of his former boss (Arafat) trumps his loyalty the state that he now serves, the Arab lawmaker spoke at a January 2007 rally marking the 42nd anniversary of Fatah, an organization whose charter still calls for the “complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence” through violence. Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas set the violent tone of the rally, stating: “We have a legitimate right to direct our guns against Israeli occupation.” For his part, Tibi stated:

      Fatah was the first group to launch the revolution and Palestine and Fatah will remain. The liberation of Palestine is a long process and the path is full of obstacles. The Palestinians will continue their struggle until the liberation of the land and the establishment of a Palestinian state.

      Tibi Refuses to Condemn Hamas’ Racist Charter

      Tibi has refused to condemn the Hamas charter which calls for the killing of all Jews and blames Jews for all world problems for the last several hundred years, while at the same time freely throwing around terms like “fascism” and “racism” with respect to Israel.

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