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Former Knesset member Basel Ghattas was sentenced to two years in prison in 2017 after admitting to smuggling mobile phones and SIM cards to Palestinian political prisoners.

Family of banned northern Palestinian-Israeli movement Islamic Movement branch say his latest arrest is part of a sustained campaign of personal persecution by Israel.

Palestinian ex-lawmaker imprisoned over 'morally-motivated' phone smuggling

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Palestinian ex-lawmaker imprisoned over 'morally-motivated' phone smuggling

A Palestinian ex-lawmaker who was motivated by "humanitarian and moral positions towards prisoners" entered prison on Sunday, after pleading guilty to smuggling mobile phones to Palestinian detainees.

'Erdogan is an enemy of Israel': Knesset speaker

The New Arab

'Erdogan is an enemy of Israel': Knesset speaker

Speaker of Israel's parliament Yuli-Yoel Edelstein reacted the Turkish president's comments on occupied Jerusalem yesterday by calling him an ...

Palestinian-Israeli lawmaker gets jail for smuggling phones to inmates

The New Arab

Palestinian-Israeli lawmaker gets jail for smuggling phones to inmates

Former MK Bassel Ghattas will go to prison in July for two years after signing a plea-deal for 'smuggling mobile phones to Palestinian ...

Robert Cusack

Knesset moves to expel Palestinian-Israeli MK 'without legal basis'

The Knesset's legal advisor, Eyal Yanoun, said that the submission by 71 Knesset members should not be applied, as Ghattas' case 'lacks sufficient evidence'.

The New Arab

Palestinian-Israeli MP to be indicted over 'phone smuggling'

Israeli authorities have approved an indictment against a Palestinian-Israeli member of Knesset accused of smuggling mobile phones to ...

The New Arab

Israel 'overreacting' as prominent opposition MK given house arrest

Israeli authorities have been accused of deliberate anti-Palestinian incitement as Basel Ghattas' phone smuggling allegations ...

The New Arab

Palestinian-Israeli MK banned from voting, has office raided

Israel's Knesset is reduced to 119 members after Arab MK Basel Ghattas' detention is extended and is blocked from voting.

Israel extends Palestinian-Israeli parliamentarian's arrest by six days

Robert Cusack

Israel extends Palestinian-Israeli parliamentarian's arrest by six days

The magistrates court heard that releasing the Knesset member would, in some way, harm public security and potentially jeopardise the police's ...

The New Arab

Palestinian-Israeli politician denies smuggling mobile phones to prisoners

MK Basel Ghattas has said accusations he smuggled mobile phones to Palestinian prisoners were part of a systematic campaign of ...

Israel probes Palestinian-Israeli MP for smuggling phones to prisoners

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Israel probes Palestinian-Israeli MP for smuggling phones to prisoners

A Palestinian MP for the Balad party has been arrested by Israeli authorities for smuggling phones to prisoners.

Divisions exposed as pro-Hizballah, leftist Palestinians hail Assad's 'victory'

Karim Traboulsi

Divisions exposed as pro-Hizballah, leftist Palestinians hail Assad's 'victory'

Having bought into certain narratives, Palestinian politicians across the divide and ordinary people have hailed the Syrian regime's re-capture ...

Balad arrests won't be the last in Israel's ethnocracy

Ben White

Balad arrests won't be the last in Israel's ethnocracy

Comment: The escalating campaign against dissent shown towards the idea of Israel as an exclusively Jewish state has long targeted those who ...

Palestinians condemn iftar attendance of 'racist' Israeli minister

The New Arab

Palestinians condemn iftar attendance of 'racist' Israeli minister

Palestinians have slammed the attendance of Israel's 'fascist' Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, at a Ramadan iftar held by a group of ...

The New Arab

Israel suspends three Palestinian MPs from Knesset

Israel temporarily suspended three Palestinian lawmakers from parliament on Monday after they met with families of Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces.

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Israel demolishes home of Palestinian accused of killing Israelis

Israeli forces demolished the home of a Palestinian prisoner today as security forces admit arresting a Jewish terror cell linked to the murder ...

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Arab lawmaker defies Israeli ban, visits al-Aqsa compound

Basel Ghattas, a Palestinian member of Israel's parliament entered al-Aqsa compound in occupied Jerusalem Wednesday in ...

AAAJ and agencies

Israel deports Tunisia ex-president after forcefully blocking Gaza flotilla

Israel deported a number of members on board the flagship of a Gaza-bound flotilla, which attempted to break the Israeli siege on Gaza, after ...

Israel seizes Gaza flotilla ship in international waters

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Israel seizes Gaza flotilla ship in international waters

Concerns mount for campaigners on board the Marianne, the flagship of a Gaza-bound flotilla, including former Tunisian President Moncef ...

AAAJ and agencies

Ex-Tunisian president Marzouki joins Gaza flotilla

Tunisia's first post-revolution leader Moncef Marzouki is to join other European and Israeli politicians on the three ship flotilla planning to ...

Palestinian-Israeli MP will take part in Gaza peace flotilla

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Palestinian-Israeli MP will take part in Gaza peace flotilla

Basel Ghattas, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, says he will join parliamentarians and public figures from around ...

Palestinian parties unite to fight for Israel parliament seats

Naif Zaidani

Palestinian parties unite to fight for Israel parliament seats

Following policies introduced by the Netanyahu government that attack the identity of Palestinian Israelis, Arab parties have formed a united ...

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