Accusation: Israeli dogs trained to pounce at 'Allah is great'

Tuesday, January 05, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

Outspoken and controversial Israeli Arab lawmaker Ahmed Tibi charged on Monday that Israeli army attack dogs are being trained to pounce on any Arab who shouts the phrase "Allah is great," the common battle cry of Islamic terrorists.

Tibi made the accusation during a session of the Knesset plenum, where he provocatively asked his Jewish colleagues: "Here I say: Allah is Great. Are there any dogs here to attack me?"

A report earlier in the day on Israel Radio seemed to back up Tibi's accusation, reporting that the parents of soldiers in the IDF canine unit had overheard trainers using the Muslim phrase to get reactions out of the dogs.

The IDF did not explicitly deny the allegations. A statement issued by the army spokesman read, "One of the canine unit's many capabilities is to train the dogs at locating the enemy when dressed both in uniform and as civilian. This is an ability that has proven itself in many cases."

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