(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
MK Said Nafa (Balad) has the right to demonstrate in support of Syrian President
Bashar Assad, the Knesset Ethics Committee has decided.
The Legal Forum
for the Land of Israel submitted a complaint to the Ethics Committee late last
month, after Nafa participated in a rally in Haifa in support of Assad.
According to the Legal Forum’s complaint, 500 people, including Nafa, waved
Syrian flags and photos of Assad.
“Participation in a demonstration meant
to support a dictator suspected of serious crimes against humanity and daily
massacres of innocent people...
is not an expression of faith to the
State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state,” the letter reads. “MK Nafa
certainly is not fulfilling his duty to faithfully serve the values of human
dignity and the rule of law.”
In addition, according to the letter, the
demonstrators did not receive a permit from the police, and as such, the Legal
Forum says it does not fall under MKs’ right to free speech.
Committee, however, rejected the Legal Forum’s complaint last
“Participation in a political conference, even if its messages are
not pleasant to the ear, to say the least, falls under the freedom of political
action and expression of MKs,” committee chairman Yitzhak Vaknin (Shas) wrote.