Israeli Arab lawmakers to boycott Pence speech

The main Arab party in the Israeli Knesset says it will boycott Vice President Mike Pence’s speech to the parliament on Monday.

Ayman Odeh wrote on Twitter Saturday that the members of his Joint List will boycott the speech.

The Trump administration has infuriated the Palestinians by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — a move they see as one-sided.

In his tweet, Odeh called Pence “dangerous” and said he has a “messianic vision” that threatens the region.

It is not clear whether the Arab lawmakers will walk out on Pence or skip the session altogether.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking to his Cabinet on Sunday, called the planned boycott a “disgrace” and said the vice president would be warmly welcomed.


  • Niemals

    Odeh called Pence “dangerous” and said he has a “messianic vision”, isn’t Pence supporting the supporters of Greater Israel, “from the river to the sea” vision too….

    It once was also claimed as Palestine by the PLO and is still claimed by Hamas.

    You see it on the emblems of the PLO and most of its constituents: Fatah, the PFLP, DFLP, PLF, PPSF, and ALF.

    Interesting results if you compare the emblems of the Irgun and Fatah….

    In a May 1998 interview with ABC’s John Miller, Osama bin Laden noted what he saw as “Zionist plans for expansion of what is called the Great Israel … to achieve full control over the Arab Peninsula which they intend to make an important part of the so called Greater Israel.”
    While not his main reason, Bin Laden included what he saw as American and Western support for such a scheme as an additional motivation for his call to wage war against America and its allies.

  • Niemals

    Alarming information – Israel Prevents Training of Palestinian Children In Occupied Territories!

    The last of the schools in which civilian administration is directed consists of five classrooms built by Beit Ta’amin residents.
    Without the possibility of building schools that will provide adequate education, Israel places the Palestinians under control of the West Bank election: to stick to your country or the future of your children (By Orly Noy) | 23/01/2018

    Israel’s security service publishes notices in the Palestinian village of Beit Omar threatening to revoke work permits from families whose children are suspected of stone throwing.
    Tamar Goldschmidt translated the notices into Hebrew:

  • Niemals

    Indecent behavior of the Arab members of the Israeli parliament.

    They would get more attention through total absence from the meeting.