Liberman calls to suspend Israeli Arab soccer team after Bishara tribute

October 18, 2014 23:04

The Bnei Sakhnin soccer team apparently paid tribute to fugitive former Balad MK Azmi Bishara Saturday night, leading Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman to call for its suspension from the Israeli league.

According to One, an Israeli sports news site, at the beginning of the Bnei Sakhnin vs. Hapoel Tel Aviv game, the team held a ceremony thanking a wealthy man from Qatar for contributing $2 million to the team. Balad party representatives accepted the award, mentioning Bishara's name. In addition, Sakhnin Mayor Mazin Gnaim received a portrait of Bishara as a gift.

Bishara founded Balad and was an MK for five Knessets. He fled Israel in 2007 while under investigation for passing information to Hezbollah during the previous year’s Second Lebanon War. He currently resides in Doha where he is director of a think tank and is reportedly close to Qatar's royal family, a major sponsor of Hamas.

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