MK Ahmad Tibi (Ra’am Ta’al) on Tuesday called on the Israeli leadership to recognize the pain and suffering of Palestinians.

Tibi’s comments insinuated that the Jewish state committed historically notable injustices against a native Palestinian population. The MK noted that Australia and Canada remember native populations and that a US representative in Japan took part in a ceremony commemorating the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

“I am proud to be on this side,” he said, in reference to the need to recognize Palestinian suffering. “There are Jews and Arabs on this side.”

Tibi was speaking near the Israeli Arab town of Umm al-Fahm at a ceremony marking Nakba Day, the day on which Palestinians remember the “catastrophe” of Israel’s creation in 1948.

MK Taleb el-Sana (Ra’am Ta’al) told Ynet News, “Denial of the Nakba is no less a crime than the Nakba itself. The Palestinian people will continue with their struggle and therefore any attempt to deny the Nakba will advance the next explosion, and every recognition and admission will advance reconciliation.”