(photo credit: DR)
Former MK Dr. Azmi Bishara (Balad) was reported on Sunday to have arrived
Saturday night in Libya for a meeting with Libyan dictator Muammar
The two were said to have discussed issues pertaining to the
Arab world and the Palestinian struggle.
While Bishara was reportedly in
Libya, the Knesset’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill on
Sunday that would suspend his government pension benefits.
bill will suspend any pension or salary payments normally due to Knesset members
if they are under investigation or indicted for a felony, punishable by five
years imprisonment or more, committed during their tenure, and they seek to
evade justice by refusing to appear before a court or
Knesset and former Knesset members’ payments would only be
reinstated upon their appearance in court or compliance with the investigator’s
The passing of the bill, commonly known as the “Bishara Law,”
would strip former MK Bishara (Balad) of the pension payments he currently
receives while living outside Israel.
Bishara was under investigation for
allegedly aiding Hizbullah while serving as an Israeli MK when he fled the
country in 2007.
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The bill was sponsored by MK Yariv Levin (Likud) and MK
Yisrael Hasson (Kadima).
“I want to end this situation where betraying
the State of Israel has become a profitable business that supports the
Bishara to the tune of thousands of shekels a month,” said Levin.
bill will now have to be brought to a vote in front of the entire
it can become law.
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