You won't believe this politician who said Christians cannot be Arabs...

Published January 10th, 2014 - 12:22 GMT
Yariv Levin MK put forth a bill this week that would give Christians living in Israel more benefits and representation in government than their Muslim counterparts (Courtesy of Haaretz)
Yariv Levin MK put forth a bill this week that would give Christians living in Israel more benefits and representation in government than their Muslim counterparts (Courtesy of Haaretz)

An Israeli MP claimed this week that Palestinian Christians "are not Arabs," according to a SAFA news agency report published in the Middle East Monitor.

Knesset member Yariv Levin's Christians-can't-be-Arabs comment came ahead of a proposed Israeli bill that would allow the government to discriminate in favor of Christians over Muslims living in Israel in state benefits as well as representation within council at both the municipality and national levels.

Maariv newspaper reported that, "If the planned bill becomes law, Palestinian Christians inside Israel will be treated in a way very different to the way that the Muslims are; for a start, they will be given different representation in municipal and government councils."

Levin elaborated about the bill in his comments, saying that it will bring Christians "closer" to Israeli Jews than Muslims. Levin also hopes that the bill will enable Christians to register their civil identity as "Christian" rather than "Arab Christian" at later stages.

 


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