Bill to memorialize Kafr Qasim massacre toppled as Arab MKs trade accusations

Meretz MK Issawi Frej, left, speaks during a plenum session at the Knesset in Jerusalem on May 23, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

On Wednesday, the Knesset rejected a measure that would have seen the state legally recognize responsibility for the slaughter in Kafr Qasim in 1956, as Arab Israeli legislators swapped charges over the issue.

The bill, sponsored by the opposition's Arab-majority Joint List party, had no chance of passing, and Arab coalition MKs saw it as a tool used by the Joint List to target them.

“The change government, the unity government, the supposed Jewish-Arab government, toppled the bill to memorialize the Kafr Qasim massacre,” fumed Joint List MK Aida Touma-Sliman following the debate. The bill fell by a margin of 93-12 with no abstentions.

Publish : 2021-10-27 19:58:00

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