Thursday, January 14, 2010

Balad Dismisses MK Said Naffaa-for contact with Lebanese Druze Leader Walid Jumblat

It appears that the ultra-nationalist Arab-Israeli party Balad has decided to dismiss MK Said Naffaa from the Knesset for having met with certain foreign leaders.

Now, Naffaa has been in the news recently. In December Attorney General Menachem Mazuz announced plans to indict him for meeting with foreign leaders:

Last December, Attorney General Menachem Mazuz said he intended to indict Naffaa over an alleged 2007 Syria meeting with Talal Naji, deputy chief of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and visiting the offices of Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshal, although he was not present at the time.

The prosecution accused Naffaa at the time of having "knowingly contacted a foreign agent without a reasonable explanation for doing so."

A roughly equivalent U.S. analogy would be Dennis Kucinich meeting with Osama bin Laden as a sitting Congressperson. Of course, even former Congresswoman nut-job Cynthia McKinney does not seem to have gone that far.

So, is Balad actually standing up against such despicable behavior by Naffaa? Of course not. They are angry because Naffaa also (at a different time) met with Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt without informing the party.

Jumblatt, of course, held talks with John McCain and a delegation of members of Congress last week. McCain can do so because, unlike Talal Naji and Khaled Meshal, Walid Jumblatt isn't a member of a U.S.-designated Foreign Terror Organization. Of course, although the U.S. designates them, the PFLP and Hamas concentrate mostly on Israeli targets.

And (not that it should matter from a state standpoint or a humanitarian standpoint, but to make Balad look even nastier) it's not like Palestinian terrorist groups take extra caution to avoid killing Arabs, either.

Arab victims of Palestinian terror include Marwan Abed Shweika, Hussam Fathi Mahajna, Jamil Qa'adan, Muhammed Mahmoud Jaroun, Hani al-Mahdi, Lutfi Nasraladin, Salah Ayash Imran, Munam Abu Sabia, Ibrahim Kahili, Salem (Sami) al-Kimlat, Tarek al-Ziadne, Adham Shehada, Hussein Abu Leil, Sa'id Jahaja, Araf Azbarga, Hafez al-Hafi, Khalil Zeitounya, Aiman Ghadir, George Elias Khoury, George Matar, Samer Fathi Afan, Hana Francis, Mutanus Karkabi, Ghalab Tawil, Hassan Ismail Tawatha, Maryam Atar, Kamar Abu Hamed, Samih Sweidan, Madin Grifat, Aiman Sharuf, Suad Jaber, Malik Grifat, Iman Kabha, Maysoun Amin Hassan, Nawa Hinawi, Suheil Adawi, Salim Barakat, Ahmed Mazarib, Mofid Sawaid, Ashraf Hawash, Ibrahim Hamadieh, Hana (Eli) Abu-Ghanem, Wael Ghanem, Rujayah Salameh, Madhat Yusuf, Samar Hussein, Salman 'Id el-Hawashla, Fadiya Shalabi, Samir Mugrabi, Jamal Suwitat, Wael Kawasmeh, Sarina Angel, Muhi A-din Othman

Which really says something about Naffaa and Balad.

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