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Palestinian MK on 'the other citizens of Israel'

Oct. 22, 2010 8:01 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 22, 2010 8:05 P.M.)
PARIS (Ma'an) -- Is there no limit to what the American government will accept from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his hard-line foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman?

That's the question Palestinian-Israeli Knesset member Ahmed Tibi posed to the Obama administration Friday in an International Herald Tribune op-ed comparing Israel's proposed loyalty oath to the United States forcing Mexican immigrants to swear allegiance to a "white and Protestant" America.

Israel's cabinet "voted in support of Lieberman's loyalty oath for non-Jewish immigrants," Tibi wrote. "It was as if Mexican immigrants to the United States would have to swear allegiance to a United States that is white and Protestant, while immigrants from Europe would face no such oath."

"Swearing allegiance to an Israel that is Jewish and democratic is logically inconsistent and an attempt to relegate Palestinian citizens of Israel to inferior status," Tibi noted calling the insistence "a punch in the gut to Palestinians who for more than 60 years have struggled to achieve equal rights in Israel."

The Israeli parliament member added: "At a time when there are over 35 laws that discriminate against Palestinians, and with more working their way through the Knesset, it is long past time for Americans to ask their political leaders what their tax money is funding in Israel."
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