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Blood on MK Tibi's Hands?

12.31.12 3:00 PM ET

"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."
--A visibly agitated MK Ahmed Tibi responds at public debate to students accusing him of being connected to killings of Jews.

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