Arab MK Bishara Faces Probe

Published June 28th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israeli Arab MK, Azmi Bishara, will face a probe on suspicion that statements he made at a victory rally for the Hizbollah organization on June 5th at Umm al Fahm, in the Galilee, constitute incitement, reported Haaretz, citing instructions to the police Tuesday by Attorney-General Elyakim Rubinstein.  

According to media reports quoted by the Israeli daily, Bishara said at the rally that "Hizbollah has won and for the first time since 1967 we have tasted the sweet taste of victory." Hizbollah, Bishara reportedly added, is entitled to take pride in its achievements - this in the wake of the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon - and to humiliate Israel. 

Bishara said Rubinstein's decision was disgraceful. The attorney-general yielded to pressure exerted by the right wing, which constantly incites against Israel's Arab population, he stated. 

The views he expressed were legitimate and fell within the sweeping parliamentary immunity enjoyed by MKs, Bishara said, adding that he had expressed himself in a similar vein from the Knesset rostrum, said Haaretz. 

MK Limor Livnat (Likud) welcomed Rubinstein's decision. She accused Bishara of undermining Israel's existence and said he should be prevented from serving in the Knesset – 

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