JERUSALEM: An Israeli lawmaker Anat Berko claimed that Arabs cannot pronounce their state name. He claimed that Palestine doesn’t exist as there is no letter “P” in the Arabic language.
She is a an ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and was speaking in a debate on the two state solution in the Middle East.
She claimed that the word Palestine is not a real word but derived from a Roman word Palestina.
Fellow lawmakers criticized Berko while Joint list politician Osama Sa’adi left the debate and protested at Berko’s comments.
Berko is a professor of criminology and was selected by Netanyahu as a candidate in 2015 general election.
Palestine has been recognized by many countries as an independent state but Palestinians are living under Israeli occupation since 1948.