A 17-year-old girl ran up to and attempted to spit on Arab MK Ahmad Tibi at a Bar-Ilan University event on Sunday.
Bar-Ilan's student union hosted MKs Ahmad Tibi (Ra'am-Ta'al) and Aryeh Eldad (Strong Israel) on Sunday for a political panel. The MKs were asked a series of questions by a largely student audience.
During the debate Tibi was asked what he thought about the assassination of Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari, a question he ignored and instead spoke about Jewish Defense League founder Rabbi Meir Kahane, whom he called a "terrorist."
Tibi's statements were interrupted by the audience multiple times, with members shouting "go to Gaza," and "child killer." When one audience member yelled out that the Arab MK's hands were "covered in blood," Tibi, visibly agitated, responded, "If my hands are covered in blood, it is the blood of the children I delivered [as an obstetrician]. I am proud to say I brought life into this world, and yet some of you express pride in killing Arab children," he said. Tibi voiced his hatred for those who support "killing children solely because they are Arabs."
At the end of the debate, as the MKs were leaving the room, a 17-year-old girl ran up and tried to spit on Tibi. The girl was immediately restrained by security at the area and Tibi was escorted out by his guards.
Tibi told Israel Hayom on Sunday he will "not be intimidated" and will not rule out appearing anywhere, even if members of the audience "are Kahanists and racist. I speak for myself and the Arab public with my head up high, despite all attempts to silence us."
Bar-Ilan University released a statement saying that the girl was not a Bar-Ilan student, and that they "condemn the disgusting act and apologize to MK Tibi." According to the university, police officers were called to the scene to question the girl, who had been detained by university security guards.