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        4/5/2011, Nissan 1, 5771

      No Charges for Arab MK who Channeled Haniyeh

      MK Taleb A-Sana should not face criminal charges for broadcasting a speech by Hamas' Gaza head, Ismail Haniyeh, during a protest in Israel in 2009, Attorney General Yehudah Weinstein said Tuesday. A-Sana played Haniyeh's speech using his mobile phone during a protest at the Erez Junction near Gaza.

      In the speech, Haniyeh said, “The Palestinian people will never admit defeat before the Zionist enemy. Resistance [a word used to mean terrorism – ed.] will continue until we can meet at Al-Aksa [in Jerusalem].”

      Weinstein sent his findings to the Knesset's Ethics Committee, noting that while there is no room to press criminal charges, A-Sana may have violated the Knesset's code of ethics.