Vice President Mike Pence’s speech to the Israeli parliament was disrupted Monday after Arab lawmakers held up placards and engaged in a brawl with security staff in a protest against the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The lawmakers from the Arab Joint List, Israel’s third-biggest party, were forcibly ejected from the speech that they had earlier promised to boycott.
Ahmad Tibi, member of the Joint List and Israel’s most-popular Arab politician, told Newsweek before the address that he would remain inside the Knesset building. On where he would choose to be inside the building, he said: “You will see,” forewarning the placard protest. Footage showed Israeli security officers ripping the placards from the lawmakers’ hands before engaging in a tussle to get them out of the hall.
Protesting Arab Knesset members wave signs before being removed by security during Pence’s speech in Israel’s Parliament. pic.twitter.com/xForw9XQeb
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