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Israeli police officer discharged over 'racist' Facebook comments

Aug. 15, 2013 4:25 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 16, 2013 12:11 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- An Israeli border guard officer has been discharged following a complaint to Israeli police by Arab member of Knesset Ahmad Tibi, the lawmaker said.

The complaint cited racist anti-Arab comments on the Facebook page of Melvin Bar Sheshet Aboudarham, a statement from Tibi's office said.

Among other racist remarks on Aboudarham’s Facebook page were “Death to Arabs” and “Jewish dies - funeral. Arab dies - hopefully”, the statement explained.

Aboudarham was also known for racist verbal attack against a female Israeli leftwing activist who he described as a “backward leftist” because she was defending a Palestinian family.

According to Tibi, the police responded to his complaint.

“After examining the complaint, the commander of border guards decided to discharge the officer because his remarks were unacceptable and foreign to the values which each police officer should enjoy.”

Commenting on the decision, Tibi said: “We will never yield to racism which has become a major trend in the Israeli street supported by Knesset members and racist ministers who have been trying to legalize racism through draft laws they propose.”
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