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Knesset Poetry Slam: She Spilled a Kos & Ran Amok

By J.J. Goldberg

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Outrageous and, yes, hilarious: Knesset member (and onetime Arafat adviser) Dr. Ahmad Tibi got himself suspended for one week from Knesset debates (though not from votes) for reading an outrageous little poem he had made up in honor of fellow lawmaker Anastasia Michaeli. Michaeli, a member of Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party, was herself suspended for a month on January 9 after pouring a glass of water on fellow lawmaker Ghaleb Majadleh of Labor. Tibi immortalizes the incident by stringing together a bunch of word-plays and insults, ending with:

Anastasia, who has run amok, poured a glass [kos] of water on her colleague, and therefore I will call the child by its name: Kos amok.

Here’s Tibi:

Haaretz translates the full poem (except the last two words) here.

A clip of the water-pouring incident after the jump.

Tibi’s poem:

Anastasia, who has a problem with her plumbing / who grew there in the garbage pile of Yisrael Beiteinu [Israel our Home], / Or should we say, Russia our Home, / From which the road was short for the bill called muezzin, now a joint Bibi- Anastasia venture / As well as her unwise use of water, during a dry spell in which every drop counts / For, Israel may be drying [mityabeshet], but it is far from being ashamed [mitbayeshet], / Anastasia, who has run amok, / Poured water on her colleague / And thus I will call the baby by its name: Kos Amok [literally, a ‘glass of madness’, but a play on words on an Arabic profanity].

Here’s Michaeli spilling on Majadleh. (The lead-up: He’s complaining about inequities in government treatment of Arab-sector schools; she interjects that he’s insulting the state of Israel):


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