Israeli-Arab MKs say they didn't notice hate speech during terrorists' funerals

Despite having told the Supreme Court they would supervise the volatile funerals, Israeli-Arab MKs claimed not to have noticed the anti-Israel chants and the calls to take over al-Aqsa.
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Wednesday's funerals of the three terrorists who carried out last week's deadly attack on Temple Mount turned quickly into riots, with participants shooting fireworks, waving Palestinian flags and chanting anti-Israeli slogans.

The funerals were held after the Israeli Supreme Court earlier this week ordered the police to return the terrorists' bodies to their families. Police hoped that the late hour of the funerals would make them quieter and less crowded. That was not the case.

Despite having promised the court to ensure public order during the funerals, Israeli-Arab MKs on Thursday claimed not to have noticed any disturbances or hate speech.

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"I didn't see any rage chants," said MK Aida Touma-Suleiman of the Joint Arab List. "I just heard about the funeral and I saw some pictures."

MK Masud Ghnaim said, "I didn't see exactly what went on there, but I believe the Arab population in Israel have the right to protest the occupation and racism, but in non-violent ways."



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