Lieberman is ‘Jewish ISIS’ says Israeli Politician After Beheading Comments
According to Newsweek, an Israeli politician and academic have called for an investigation to be launched into the comments of Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman after he called for the “beheading” of Arab-Israelis who were not loyal to the state of Israel.
Arab-Israeli politician Ahmad Tibi, leader of the Arab Movement for Change (Ta’al) party, said that Lieberman is the “Jewish Islamic State” after the country’s top diplomat issued his inflammatory remarks at an election rally in the western city of Herzliya on Sunday.
In a speech to Arab students at Jenin University in the West Bank city of the same name, Tibi said that the united Arab Joint List (a coalition of Arab-Israeli parties) would “remove racists’ and fascists’ heads only through democratic means - bringing as many [Knesset] seats as possible and active participation in the election. The stronger we are, the weaker Jewish IS will be.”
"Minister Lieberman's statement about 'beheading' Israeli Arabs demands the opening of an investigation," Tibi added.
The specific comments made by the ultra-nationalist politician, which drew condemnation on social media, were: "Those who are with us deserve everything, but those who are against us deserve to have their heads chopped off with an axe.”
Avraham Diskin, professor of political science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, said that the comments amounted to incitement and were illegal because of their provocative nature, calling for criminal investigation into Lieberman’s behaviour.
“It’s against the law to call for violence and brutal executions in particular,” says Diskin. “He should be investigated, it is a criminal offence to say that, even with freedom of speech.”
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