Hadash chairman Barakei to be indicted for 2007 protest

Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz on Tuesday announced his intention to file an indictment against Hadash chairman Muhammad Barakei for disrupting police during a protest against Defense Minister Ehud Barak in 2007. Barakei had joined family members of Arab Israelis killed during the October 2000 riots in protesting against Barak while the Labor chairman was addressing supporters in Nazareth. Barak was prime minister when the second intifada and the rioting inside Israel broke out. Barakei slammed the decision to indict him, saying, "the attorney general considers calls to murder Arab MKs part of free speech while closing the investigations regarding October 2000. This is an attempt to intimidate the Arab population in order to deny it its basic right to struggle."