No letter P no Palestine, says Israeli lawmaker

26th Feb 2016
No letter P no Palestine, says Israeli lawmaker

Elham Asaad Buaras

A Likud lawmaker was ridiculed in the Israeli Parliament (Knesset), after saying that that there was no such thing as a Palestinian people, since Arabic doesn’t have the consonant “P.”

Speaking on February 10, during a debate on the Labour’s plan for separating from the Palestinians Anat Berko said, “I want to go back to history, what is our place here, about Jerusalem, about Palestine, when like we said, Arabic doesn’t even have P, so this loan-word also merits scrutiny,”

While the lawmaker was correct in saying that Arabic doesn’t have a P sound, the word for “Palestine” in Arabic begins with the consonant F, the same as in Hebrew, and is pronounced: “Falastin.”

“What? Did everyone hear this? Are you an idiot?” Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg called out, to which Berko responded: “These are the facts. I’ll send it to you, everything’s alright.”

MK Osama Sa’adi from the Joint Arab List left the plenum in protest after Berko’s remarks.

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