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Joint List MK: Lapid went to war to win election, ‘at expense of Palestinian blood’

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An Israeli Arab politician slammed Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Sunday, claiming he launched the operation in Gaza in an attempt to win the upcoming Knesset election “at the expense of Palestinian blood” and criticizing the Israeli public, which he claimed had “lost its humanity.”

In a statement, Joint List MK Sami Abou Shehadeh of the opposition said that “recent election polls have upset Lapid and [Defense Minister Benny] Gantz,” adding that “they are trying to pave their way back to power at the expense of Palestinian blood.”

Earlier, in a TV interview with the Kan public broadcaster, Abou Shehadeh referred to the latest operation in Gaza — dubbed Operation Breaking Dawn by Israel — as a “war crime.”

Addressing the assassinations of senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad commanders Tayseer Jabari and Khaled Mansour, Abou Shehadeh said: “Every killing without a trial is a crime, and if Jews carry it out it doesn’t make it legitimate.”

But Abou Shehadeh said the thing that frightened him most was that the Israeli society and media had completely aligned behind what he called a “massive machine of destruction.”

He said that “behind [Israel’s] smart bombs lies a dumb society; only a dumb society loses its humanity.”

Abou Shehadeh blamed mainstream media for failing to report the destruction in Gaza and the deaths of Palestinian children during the........

© The Times of Israel

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