Arab MK Mohammed Barakeh (Hadash) complained before a Tel Aviv court that he was being treated unfairly by police and the court because he was an Arab, and a leftist. “I represent tens of thousands of voters,” he said. “It is unacceptable that the prosecution will promote the government's political agenda in order to get back at me politically. This is not about criminal actions; I am on trial for my politics, and am being persecuted for being an Arab and a leftist.”
Barakeh was in court for a preliminary hearing on four cases of attacking police officers during various riots. In one incident in 2007, for example, Barakeh was accused of attacking a police officer in Nazareth during a visit of Defense Minister Ehud Barak to the city. Barakeh allegedly pushed and insulted the officer.