(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein on Wednesday afternoon denied earlier reports that he had opened any investigation whatsoever into Arab MKs for calling for the dismissal of a pro-IDF Greek Orthodox priest.
Weinstein said that, to date, the only investigation that was opened was a police investigation which was opened half-a-year ago, and that the police investigation was only against unspecified elements that had threatened violence against the priest.
According to Weinstein, there is not even a police investigation or suspicion against the Arab MKs, let alone a legal investigation.
week, MKs Bassel Ghattas and Haneen Zoabi of Balad wrote to the
Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem Theophillis III
demanding that Father Gabriel Nadaf either halt his activities
supporting Christian Arab enlistment or be fired by the Patriarch from
his position as a serving priest in his congregation in Yafia, a town in
the Lower Galilee abutting Nazareth.
During a hearing in the
Knesset Interior Committee, chairwoman MK Miri Regev called on the
Attorney General’s Office to investigate MKs “suspected of inciting
against Father Nadaf.
“It’s unacceptable that Arab MKs should
think that they can be Trojan horses in the Knesset and send letters of
incitement against a Christian priest who encourages young Christians to
enlist in the IDF,” said Regev.
Speaking to The Jerusalem Post
last week, MK Ghattas acknowledged that he had called on Patriarch
Theophillis to fire Nadaf if he does not desist from publicly supporting
“We are against his initiative,” said Ghattas who is
Greek-Orthodox. “As a religious man he should be concerned with the
affairs and issues of his church and he should not be politically active
in this way and seek to get Arab Christians to volunteer for the
Israeli army. Such activity is against the public will and desire of the
Christian population. We are Christians and part of the Palestinian