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Ahmed Tibi, Waste Of Space

Israeli-Arab member of the Knesset Ahmed Tibi continues to bite the hand that feeds him.

Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al) has asked Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz (Habayit Hayehudi) to cancel the plan to name a new space center in Tayibe after Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut.

Ramon was killed along with six other crew members of the Space Shuttle Columbia when it disintegrated upon re-entry on February 1, 2003.

MK Tibi explained his request by saying that during his service as a fighter pilot in the Israel Air Force Ramon took part in “bombings of civilian populations during the first Lebanon war and in attacks in other Arab countries.”

“Dedicating a center in his honor in an Arab community is a tasteless and unjustified move,” the MK wrote.

Tibi suggested naming the center after a Muslim space scientist or simply calling it the “Tayibe Space Center.”

Hershkowitz said in response that building a space center in the periphery is part of his ministry’s plan to “make science accessible to the entire population and help narrow the gaps within Israeli society.”

The minister said Tibi “crossed a red line” and is “causing great damage, particularly to the public he represents, and to Israeli society as a whole.

“All space centers (in Israel) are named after Ramon, and if Tayibe does not want a space center named after him, it won’t have a space center at all,” Hershkowitz said. “You can’t accept State funds and at the same time ridicule one of its heroes, who fought devotedly against Islamist terror, both in Israel and abroad.”

What planet is Tibi from?

If only we could launch him into space on a one-way trip.

As for the suggestion that we name the center after a Muslim space scientist, I was not aware we had any. And firing rockets into Israel does not count. 

What a black A hole

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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