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MK Effie Eitam called Sunday for the expulsion of Arabs from the West Bank and the removal of Israeli Arabs from the political scene, igniting the most recent in a series of clashes between Arab and Israeli Knesset members.
"We have to expel most Arabs from Judea and Samaria," Eitam said at a memorial service for Lt. Amihai Merhavia, a soldier who was killed in the battle for Bint Jbail in South Lebanon. "We can't deal with all these Arabs, and we can't give up the territory, because we've already seen what they do there. Some of them might have to stay under certain conditions, but most of them will have to go."
Eitam also launched a pointed attack at Arab Knesset members, whom he labeled "traitors."
"We've got to remove Israeli Arabs from the political scene. We've allowed a fifth column to grow here - a group of traitors. We can't have a hostile group like this in our political system," said Eitam.
According to an amendment to the law of parliamentary immunity, an MK's immunity can be lifted if they incite racism or ethnic prejudice.
"These comments would have sounded more authentic if he had said them in German," said MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List). "These types of remarks are the lowest form of racism in Israeli society."
It was the first time that Eitam has publicly supported the deportation of Palestinians, a move that was espoused by National Union founder Rehavam Ze'evi as the "transfer" model.