MK Ahmad Tibi (Ra’am-Ta’al) said Friday that Arab members of Knesset opposed to the controversial Prawer Plan for the resettlement of Negev Bedouin have been suffering from an aggressive incitement campaign against them in the Knesset, and outside it, over the past few weeks.
Tibi added that where there’s incitement, there are also those who listen to such verbal violence, referring to the incident a day earlier when, during a Beersheba rally against the plan, he was doused in the face with hot tea. He escaped without injury.
The attacker, a Jewish man in his 50s, was immediately arrested by police officers at the event and taken in for questioning.
On Friday, police announced that the man will be charged with attacking an elected official.
“Growing racism and incitement” against Arab MKs, especially around the controversial Prawer Plan, has “consequences,” Tibi warned, according to a report in the Maariv daily.
He added that any attack on an elected official was “grave,” but said he “was not afraid” and would continue to protest the plan, even in the face of death threats.
The Prawer Plan, an initiative up for debate in the Knesset to create and recognize Bedouin townships in the Negev, which would also involve relocation of other settlements, was frozen by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week after an international and domestic outcry.
However, the Knesset Internal Affairs and Environment Committee on Monday was still preparing the bill for its next Knesset reading.
Late last month, protests against the plan turned violent when demonstrators clashed with police at the Hura Junction in the Negev. Forty people were arrested and 15 police officers were injured in the incident.