Israeli extremist detained for death threats against Palestinian MK

Published February 11th, 2016 - 06:00 GMT
The death threats came after three MKs including, Ayman Odeh, pictured, were temporarily suspended from Knesset for visiting Palestinian families killed while attacking Israelis. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
The death threats came after three MKs including, Ayman Odeh, pictured, were temporarily suspended from Knesset for visiting Palestinian families killed while attacking Israelis. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

Israeli police on Thursday detained a far-right Israeli extremist who reportedly threatened the life of Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset Ayman Odeh.

The MK, member of the Joint List party, told Ma’an that the extremist was detained by Israeli police who carried out investigations into comments left by the Israeli on social media.

Odeh, following the detention, said he held Israeli authorities “fully responsible” for violations committed against Palestinians, slamming attempts by the Israeli right to prevent Palestinians from realizing their rights.

Israeli police spokesperson had no immediate information on the detention.

The reported threat on Odeh’s life came days after three MK’s, also from the Joint List, were temporarily suspended from the Knesset on Monday after visiting the families of Palestinians who were killed while carrying out attacks on Israelis.

Their suspension was carried out after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu filed complaints against the three with the Knesset Ethics Committee.

The move was met with fury from some on the left and exacerbated longstanding frustration from members of the Joint List party who say they have faced staunch resistance from the Israeli government.

The party was formed during the last round of Israeli elections, composed of four Palestinian parties who united to fight for the rights of Israel’s Palestinian minority which has faced systematic discrimination for decades.

A draft bill was submitted earlier this week that if approved could see MK’s suspended if voted for by three-quarters of the Knesset, a move that the Joint list fears will lead to further racial discrimination against their party.


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