A memorial ceremony was held on Thursday in Ramallah for Arafat, which was attended by MK Aiman Udeh (Joint List), who delivered a speech. In response, Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) attacked the MK on his Facebook page.
Liberman wrote, “He’s not willing to attend Peres’s funeral in Jerusalem, but he’ll make a speech in Arafat’s memory. We’ll continue to act until he will no longer be a member of Knesset in Jerusalem, but at most a member of the Palestinian Council in Ramallah.”
The Joint List confirmed that Udeh intends to take part in next week’s memorial service for assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
A month and a half ago, after members of the Joint List boycotted statesman Shimon Peres’s funeral, Liberman proposed that all members of the coalition should in turn boycott Arab MKs when they speak in the Knesset. However, with the opening of the parliament’s summer session, no such boycott took place.