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Monday, June 30, 2008

If you visit an enemy state, you can't run for the Knesset

Finally, something good comes out of this Knesset session. In fact, this almost rates being a flying pigs moment.

On Monday, the Knesset passed the second and third readings of a bill that bans persons who have visited enemy states from running for the Knesset for seven years. The law is aimed at Arab MK's who have gone to Lebanon and Syria to declare their solidarity with terror groups and arose out of the Azmi Bishara (pictured) fiasco last year. Honestly, I'm shocked that it passed. It wasn't proposed by the government.
The bill was proposed by MK's Zevulun Orlev (NU/NRP) and Esterina Tartman (Israel Beiteinu) following the case of former Balad chairman Azmi Bishara. Bishara is wanted for questioning by police under suspicion of money laundering and of aiding Israel's enemies during the Second Lebanon War. He left Israel and has not returned since the allegations surfaced.

The bill was approved by 52 votes to 24. Among the bills opponents were Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, Education Minister [Comrade] Yuli Tamir, Vice Premier [sexual predator] Haim Ramon, Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon and Minister [proven liar] Ami Ayalon.

According to the amendment to Knesset Basic Law, whoever illegally visits an enemy country in the seven years prior to the submission of party lists, will be seen as giving support for the armed struggle against Israel, as long as it is not proven otherwise, and, therefore, will be banned from becoming an MK.

Orlev hailed the approval. "From today, Arab MKs will have to decide - the Syrian parliament or the Israeli parliament. The law will stop the infiltration of Trojan horses into the Knesset."

He said that unrestrained loyalty to the state of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state must be demanded from the Arab leadership, just as an enlightened, democratic state demands of its elected officials.

"The Bishara, case and the defiance of some of the Arab MKs, who traveled to Syria and met with Hamas leaders, are not in the realms of freedom of speech but an explicit encouragement for the armed struggle against Israel and for terror against its citizens," added Orlev.
Let's see if the 'Supreme Court' lets it stand.


At 10:18 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Even without the Supreme Court, this law means nothing. Israel's leftist prosecution is not going to enforce it and treason is almost a spectator sport in Israel. If this law was fairly enforced (not just against the Arabs as though they're the only disloyal people in the Jewish State), nearly the entire Knesset would have to be emptied. That's why any one who thinks it will make honest men of the crooks, scoundrels, clowns - and yes - the traitors who infest Israeli public life - is dreaming.

A flying pigs moment in describing the effect of this new law, Carl - is very apt indeed.

At 11:35 PM, Blogger Red Tulips said...

We'll see what happens here. I only hope it is enforced.


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