ADL BLASTS LIEBERMAN’S ISIS STANCE

“Minister Lieberman’s comments are divisive and unacceptable. Even suggesting that violence is an appropriate course of action against political rivals is beyond the pale.”

Doctored image circulated on Palestinian social media of Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman depicting him as Islamic State executioner, Jihadi John. (photo credit: nrg news website / screenshot)

Doctored image circulated on Palestinian social media of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman depicting him as Islamic State executioner, Jihadi John. (photo credit: nrg news website / screenshot)

ADL blasts Lieberman for remark urging beheadings

The Anti-Defamation League denounced on Tuesday remarks made by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in which he implied that Arabs disloyal to Israel should be decapitated — calling the comments “divisive and unacceptable.”

The prominent anti-Semitism watchdog’s censure came amid threats by Palestinian lawmakers to have Lieberman tried before the International Criminal Court for his comments.

Speaking at an elections event at the IDC, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, the Yisrael Beytenu party head had said Sunday that Israeli Arabs who support the state “should receive everything [in terms of rights]; those against us, it cannot be helped, we must lift up an ax and behead them — otherwise we will not survive here.”

ADL National Director Abraham Foxman upbraided Lieberman for his remarks and urged all candidates in Israel’s upcoming general election to avoid extremist rhetoric.

“Minister Lieberman’s comments are divisive and unacceptable. Even suggesting that violence is an appropriate course of action against political rivals is beyond the pale,” Foxman said

“While the last week of any election campaign features frenzied political positioning, we urge all candidates to exercise restraint in their language and avoid extremist rhetoric,” he said.

Israel’s general elections are scheduled for March 17.

Lieberman shrugged off the Palestinian ICC threat and traded barbs with Israeli-Arab Knesset members, threatening to revoke their citizenship if appointed defense minister. The ICC is based in The Hague in the Netherlands.

Arab Joint List MK Ahmad Tibi vowed to prosecute the foreign minister and labeled him the “Jewish Islamic State,” comparing Lieberman to the ruthless terror group that has carved out swaths of Syria and Iraq.

Israeli Arab rights group Adalah beat Tibi to the punch Monday and asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to open an investigation into Lieberman’s remarks for inciting violence.

Palestinian social media was also abuzz over Lieberman comments, with one circulated image comparing the Yisrael Beytenu chief to Islamic State executioner Jihadi John.

Lieberman hit back at the building opprobrium by reiterating that forceful actions must be taken against those who endanger the Jewish state.

“[The Palestinian Authority] will get an answer to that from me as defense minister,” he said, reflecting his aspirations for the powerful post after next week’s vote.

The latest polls predict Lieberman Yisrael Beytenu will win five or six seats in the 120-member parliament, which would make it difficult for him to receive a significant ministerial position, were he to join a coalition.

 

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3 Comments

  1. R Davis said,

    March 12, 2015 at 12:34

    “AMID THREATS BY PALESTINIAN LAWMAKERS TO SEEK LEGAL REDRESS AT THE ICC”
    I dispair at how many oppertunities have offered themselves up, for the Palestinian authority to SEEK OUT LEGAL REDRESS FROM THE ICC as a result of willful & criminal agression by Israel upon the Palestinian people.
    And it did not eventuate.
    So may oppertunities lost
    It is a case of
    ” one of these day we are gunna report you – official – just wait & see – one of these day – wait for it but don’t hold your breath” threaten the Palestinian authority constantly.
    Alas they never pick up the telephone to do so (?)

  2. notwnadmin said,

    March 12, 2015 at 16:09

    Reblogged this on News of the World.

  3. BobM said,

    March 12, 2015 at 18:03

    R Davis, until the Palestinian .gov is recognized by the ICC, they cannot file for redress. The UN will recognize Palestine at the ICC starting April 1, and will grandfather them back to last June (2014) paving the way for them to file war crimes charges against Israel for last summer’s operation. By what the link below states, it sounds as though they will not be able to file for anything prior to that (June ’14)…

    Lamestream story about it here:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/07/us-palestinians-israel-un-idUSKBN0KG1JV20150107


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