'Barakei met Mashaal in Abu Dhabi'

Orlev demands probe of Hadash MK, who reportedly met Hamas leader at conference devoted to 'Nakba'.

Barakei 248 88 (photo credit: Knesset )
Barakei 248 88
(photo credit: Knesset )
Hadash MK Muhammad Barakei secretly met with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal during a conference devoted to the Palestinian Nakba in Abu-Dhabi two weeks ago, according to a report in the Arab Israeli newspaper Kul-Alarab on Friday. The report did not elaborate the content of the discussion between the two, but emphasized that the talk was serious and not a mere chance encounter on the sidelines of the conference. Barakei would not comment on the report, but told the paper that "attaining unity amongst Palestinians is an issue that keeps me occupied at all times and we are willing to invest all of our efforts to that end." The Jerusalem Post could not confirm the report. NU/NRP Chairman Zevulun Orlev demanded that Attorney General Menahem Mazuz open an investigation of Barakei following the report. "A meeting with the head of the snake, Mashaal, is a blatant show of support for a terror organization and the armed struggle against Israel," he said. Only on Monday the Knesset approved the Bishara Law, named after the former Balad MK, under the terms of which Israeli parliamentarians who visit enemy states would face a ban from serving in the Knesset. Barakei, as well as other Arab MKs, immediately denounced the new law, calling it unconstitutional. The law "is a law of terror by any other name," Barakei had said. "It aims to impose a rule of terror in thought and political opinion. It is an unconstitutional law - you can't call visits by relatives and visits for the promotion [of] peace support for terror." Bishara, who made numerous trips to Lebanon and Syria, is currently wanted for questioning by the Israel Police under suspicion of treason for allegedly aiding Hizbullah during the Second Lebanon War. Rebecca Anna Stoil contributed to this report