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Liberman: Boycott Joint (Arab) List in Knesset for missing Peres’s funerel

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman calls for a boycott of the parliamentary activities of members of the Joint (Arab) List for their decision to skip former president Shimon Peres’s funeral.

Liberman told a meeting of the heads of coalition parties that missing Peres’s funeral should be considered a red line.

The Joint List party announced before the funeral that its members would not participate, citing a “complicated” history.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks during an Israel Beytenu faction meeting at the Knesset on June 6, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks during an Israel Beytenu faction meeting at the Knesset on June 6, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

At the time, Joint List chair MK Ayman Odeh, defended the unanimous decision of his party members not to attend, saying it was a “national day of mourning in which I have no place; not in the narrative, not in the symbols that exclude me, not in the stories of Peres as a man who built up Israel’s defenses.”

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