Tag Archive for Balad

Israeli Arab lawmaker suspected of smuggling phones to imprisoned Palestinians


Speaking about the Joint List, the Arab political party that holds 13 of the 120 seats in Israel’s parliament, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that the report about Ghattas is “more proof that the Joint List is really a joint list of spies and traitors.”

By i24news


Israeli police launched an investigation into an Israeli Arab lawmaker for allegedly smuggling cell phones to Palestinians imprisoned in Israel, local media reported Sunday.

Basel Ghattas, a lawmaker from the Balad Party, which is part of the Joint (Arab) List, will be summoned by the police for questioning after the Israel Prison Services said they received information that he was planning to transfer the phones into the Keziot Prison. Continue Reading »

Israeli-Arab party officials arrested on assorted fraud, money laundering violations


The criminal case, originally discovered during an annual, routine State Comptroller’s Report of all the parties, uncovered within the Israeli-Arab political party Balad, discrepancies for various political projects, including fund raising, falsifying corporate documents, forgery, use of forged documents, money laundering, and Violations of the Party Financing Law.

By Eli Senior, Hassan Shaalan


High ranking officials in the Israeli-Arab political party Balad is under suspicion for corruption, the Israel Police reported on Sunday.

“The National Unit of the Israel Police, in conjunction with various other police forces, have carried out searches and have detained more than 20 people throughout the country. Continue Reading »

Lieberman demands Israeli Arab soccer team be disciplined for Hezbollah tribute

Foreign Minister Lieberman condemns the Bnei Sakhnin ceremony honoring fugitive ex-Balad MK Azmi Bishara, who’s suspected of aiding the Lebanese terrorist organization.

BY Atila Somfalvi



Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called on Saturday for the suspension of the Israeli-Arab soccer team Bnei Sakhnin from the Israeli Premier League and urged that strong measures be taken against it after its representatives paid tribute to former Knesset Member Azmi Bishara (Balad), who is suspected of spying for Hezbollah.

Balad Secretary General and Bnei Sakhnin hold up recognition plaque for Bishara (Photo: Zohar Shahar)

Balad Secretary General and Bnei Sakhnin hold up recognition plaque for Bishara – Photo: Zohar Shahar

Before the game between Bnei Sakhnin and Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Doha Stadium in the Galilee town of Sakhnin, the Israeli-Arab soccer team held a ceremony in honor of their Qatari sponsors, during which recognition plaques were given to several people – including Azmi Bishara. Continue Reading »

Former Palestinian Knesset Member Convicted of Contacting Israel’s Enemies

Former Israel MK of the Balad party, Said Nafa, met in Syria with PFLP-GC leader. Nafa was convicted of both illegally exiting to an enemy state & assisting others to do so as well.

By Ahiya Raved


The Nazareth District Court convicted former Balad Knesset Member Said Nafa of contact with a foreign agent, illegal exit to an enemy country and aiding other to exist to an enemy country.

Nafa was acquitted of another charge of contacting a foreign agent after no evidence was found that he had met with the leader of the Hamas political bureau Khaled Mashal. Continue Reading »

Israeli Druze appeal to gov’t to aid family members in Syria

Israeli Druze leaders from northern Israel have asked the Israeli government to allow their children who are in Syria to return to home.

By Chana Ya’ar


Druze leaders in northern Israel have appealed to the Israeli government to allow their children who had crossed the border into Syria and stayed there, back into the Jewish State.

In a written request to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the leaders asked not only for the students to return home, but also for permits for the Syrian relatives of the students – spouses and other family members – to cross the border to safety in Israel. Continue Reading »