An Israeli-Arab MK is being referred to the Knesset Ethics Committee after she appeared to claim that the late Israeli-American Ari Fuld killed the Palestinian who attacked him in an extra-judicial execution.
Fuld, a well known pro-Israel activist, was stabbed to death last month in the Gush Etzion bloc near Jerusalem by a Palestinian teenager. As he bled to death, he pursued and shot his attacker before collapsing. It is believed that his actions prevented further casualties.
According to Israel’s Channel Two, at a Knesset committee on women’s rights, Likud MKs Sharon Heskel and Amir Ohana spoke in favor of arming Israeli civilians in order to quickly neutralize terrorists who commit attacks.
Heskel specifically cited Fuld as an example, calling him a “hero” who “with his body and his life prevented the death of additional innocent civilians.”
In response, Joint List MK Aida Tomeh-Suleiman said, “You know how many lives you would save if the settlers got out of there.”
MK Ohana then pointed out the number of attacks prevented or ameliorated by armed civilians, again citing Fuld as an example.
Suleiman hit back even harder, saying in an apparent reference to Fuld, “In other words, you would execute on the spot.”
In a complaint to the Knesset Ethics Committee delivered on Thursday, Heskel wrote of Suleiman, “She called Fuld a murderer who executed the wounded man.”
“She left me shocked by her blatant demonstration of support for terrorism and incitement in the context of a Knesset committee,” Heskel added. “Statements like this are unacceptable and there is no place for them, certainly not in the Israeli Knesset.”
Suleiman reacted to the complaint by slamming Heskel for exploiting the incident, saying, “I do not intend to serve as another card in her race for the Likud primaries at the expense of the most human principles of the love of man and respect for human life.”
Arming Israeli civilians, she added, is to “put a weapon in the hands of citizens fattened and inflamed by the hatred and incitement of public leaders in order to execute when they feel subjective danger.”