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After 'fierce information war,' Israeli court indicts Arab MK

Image of Basel Ghattas, a member of the Israeli Knesset [arab48]
Image of Basel Ghattas, a member of the Israeli Knesset [arab48]

An Israeli district court in Beer Sheva indicted on Friday the Arab MK Basel Ghattas after a "fierce information war" that aimed to defame him and other Arab MKs, Quds Press reported.

Quds Press cited Israeli radio sources and said that a bargain plea was reached in the case of Ghattas that included his recognition of smuggling mobile phones to "security" prisoners, as well as his resignation from the Knesset.

Israeli radio also said that the Israeli Public Prosecutor would demand a two-year prison sentence for Ghattas.

Meanwhile, Ghattas, a member of the Arab Joint List of the Knesset, said:

Since the first minute I was released from Nafha Prison on 18 December until this minute, I have been exposed to unprecedented measures taken against an MK [by the Israeli authorities].

While speaking in a press conference, he continued: "It was an incitement, racist and aggressive campaign that included spreading lies by different Israeli security branches."

He added: "The Israeli mass media cooperated with the Israeli security institution and the end was an unprecedented field trial and fierce information war."

Ghattas said that the procedures he experienced during the recent months, including the stripping of his parliamentary immunity, imprisonment and investigations.

The Arab parliamentarian said that he is responsible for all what he did because that was based on his "humanitarian, conscious and moral duty towards the prisoners," noting he is ready to bear the full responsibility of his actions.

By Ghattas' resignation, the head of the public council of the National Democratic Association, Jumaa Zabarqeh, will replace him in the Knesset.

The Arab Joint List has 13 MKs out of 120.

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