Israeli Arab MKs Voice Extreme Anti-Israel Views

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JERUSALEM, Israel- - Two Israeli Arab Knesset members recently publicly voiced extreme anti-Israel views. 

MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List/Ta'al) last week praised Palestinians killed in conflict with Israel as shahids (martyrs) and MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) recently wrote the forward for a book written by a known anti-Semite.

Tibi's remarks, made during a ceremony sponsored by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah honoring Arab "martyrs," praised people who die "defending their land from the occupation," The Jerusalem Post reported.

Referring to shahids as the "symbol of the homeland," Tibi said "those who die for the homeland" are the "ultimate source of pride." He referred to Israelis as "those who occupy and murder."

Tibi later clarified his definition of a shahid, saying he wasn't referring to suicide bombers but rather to anyone "killed by the occupation."

The outspoken parliamentarian made similar remarks at the same event last year.

"Those martyrs who Israeli occupiers regard as murderous terrorists are sacred people who died in the name of their homeland," he said. "There is nothing more praiseworthy than those who die for the homeland." 

Tibi isn't the only Arab Knesset member with a penchant for shaking a fist in Israel's face.

MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) recently wrote the forward for a book entitled "Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy," by British author Ben White , known for his anti-Semitic views, YNet reported.

In the forward, Zoabi said Israeli Arabs have learned how to use democracy to undermine the Jewish state's legitimacy and will ultimately show that Israel is nothing more than a "colonialist and racist" state.

Last December, following a meeting with several senior Hamas members, Zoabi said the "entire region" now recognizes Hamas and Israel should do the same. Zoabi said neither she nor her colleagues consider Hamas a terror organization.

Zoabi captured the spotlight nearly two years ago when she traveled with pro-Palestinian activists aboard the infamous Turkish-owned Mavi Mamara in May 2010. Their stated mission was to break Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, which Israel says is in place to prevent terrorists from smuggling weapons into Gaza.

Last summer, the Knesset Ethics Committee voted to strip Zoabi of some parliamentary privileges, including the right to hold a diplomatic passport. The committee noted that the Turkish IHH, which organized and funded the flotilla, "aids radical Islamic and anti-Western terror organizations and supports and provides funding for Hamas."

The committee also concluded that participating in an attempt to break the naval blockade is "not legitimate behavior for a member of Knesset."

Zoabi said she had done her "ethical duty" in acting according to her views.

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