Israeli Lawmaker Calls Palestinians Insects & Dogs To Their Face
Member of the Israeli Knesset Oren Hazan boarded a bus with families visiting Palestinian prisoners — most of whom are held without trial or charge in Israeli prisons. He was caught on camera verbally attacking the mother of a Palestinian detainee.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has condemned an incident where an Israeli lawmaker boarded a bus carrying family members of Palestinian prisoners from the Gaza Strip and proceeded to insult them.
“The ICRC deplores this incident and reminds the [Israeli] authorities of their responsibility to ensure that family visits take place safely and are protected from assaults of any kind,” the body said in a statement emailed to The Electronic Intifada.
Visits for families are coordinated by the Red Cross.
“The families of Palestinians from Gaza detained in Israel travel to visit their relatives in buses that are escorted by the police,” the Red Cross stated. “The police didn’t hinder the member of Knesset Oren Hazan from going on the bus and verbally attacking the mother of a detainee.”
Video of the incident shows Hazan aboard the bus surrounded by media Monday telling the mother of a Palestinian prisoner that her son is a “dog” and an “insect.”
Hazan promoted the incident on his own social media:
According to The Jerusalem Post, Hazan intercepted the bus at Israel’s boundary with Gaza, with camera crews in tow.