Likud MK: Is­raeli Arabs ‘Fifth Col­umn’, Calls to Ban Arab Mon­i­tor­ing Com­mit­tee

The Jewish Voice - - ISRAEL - By: An­drew Fried­man

Tues­day's sched­uled protest in the Arab sec­tor are “ev­i­dence that the Higher Arab Mon­i­tor­ing Com­mit­tee is a ‘fifth col­umn whose only pur­pose is to desta­bi­lize the fact of Is­rael's ex­is­tence,” a prom­i­nent Likud MK said Tues­day, while oth­ers called for po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate Arab MKs par­tic­i­pa­tion in a demon­stra­tion that turned vi­o­lent out­side the US em­bassy Mon­day.

MK Oded Forer (Yis­rael Beteinu) called on po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions that Arab MKs had em­ployed and/or in­cited vi­o­lence out­side the em­bassy com­pound dur­ing the cer­e­mo­nial open­ing, while Likud MK Amir Ohana said the Arab com­mu­nity's protest over ri­ot­ing on the Gaza-Is­rael bor­der Mon­day that left more than 50 Pales­tini­ans dead and more than 1,000 wounded should be di­rected at Ha­mas, not at Is­rael.

“The (Higher Arab Mon­i­tor­ing Com­mit­tee's) au­to­matic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with (and sup­port for) ter­ror or­ga­ni­za­tions” should be a mat­ter of con­cern for all fair-minded peo­ple. The ad­dress for the Com­mit­tee's protest “fol­low­ing the events in Gaza” should be fo­cused in one di­rec­tion only: Ha­mas. If the Com­mit­tee was re­ally con­cerned about hu­man lives, they would protest the send­ing of women and chil­dren to­wards the se­cu­rity fence in or­der to get the ter­ri­ble im­ages that they wave in front of the whole world,” Ohana said.

Ohana added a call to De­fense Min­is­ter Avig­dor Liber­man to de­clare the Mon­i­tor­ing Com­mit­tee an il­le­gal or­ga­ni­za­tion, not­ing that Liber­man once asked former De­fense Min­is­ter Ehud Barak to make that move.

“The time has come for us to know if your word is re­ally your word,” Ohana told LIber­man.

Ohana's call to ban the con­tro­ver­sial Com­mit­tee comes as Is­rael both girds for more Pales­tinian vi­o­lence and pre­pares for more diplo­matic suc­cesses in the cap­i­tal.

De­spite the Arab protest and gen­eral strike, Jerusalem of­fi­cials are prepar­ing for the open­ing of an­other em­bassy, for the Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­try of Guatemala, on Wed­nes­day, and for a third coun­try, Paraguay, to fol­low suit by the end of the month.

In ad­di­tion, the Czech Repub­lic will open an honorary con­sulate in the city by the end of May as part of a three-stage process to move the coun­try's em­bassy, and Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Tzipi Ho­tovely told Is­rael Broad­cast Cor­po­ra­tion (Kan) Mon­day that talks are un­der way with Ro­ma­nia to fol­low suit. Czech me­dia also re­ported that Prague, Hun­gary and Ro­ma­nia moved to block the re­lease of state­ment by the Euro­pean Union crit­i­ciz-

ing the US em­bassy re­lo­ca­tion.

Also, a former Aus­tralian prime min­is­ter called for Can­berra to fol­low the United States' ex­am­ple and re­lo­cate the Aus­tralian em­bassy in Is­rael to Jerusalem.

“The US em­bassy is now in West Jerusalem, which has been Is­rael's cap­i­tal for nearly 70 years. Aus­tralia should con­sider fol­low­ing Trump's move,” Tweeted Tony Ab­bott, who served as prime min­is­ter of Aus­tralia from 2013 to 2015 for the Lib­eral Party and con­tin­ues to serve as a mem­ber of par­lia­ment.

No­tably, cur­rent Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull, a mem­ber of Ab­bott's Lib­eral Party, dis­tanced him­self from the call.

MK Oded Forer (Yis­rael Beteinu) called on po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions that Arab MKs had em­ployed and/or in­cited vi­o­lence out­side the em­bassy com­pound dur­ing the cer­e­mo­nial open­ing

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