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      Israeli Arab MK: Israel Has No Right to be in Jerusalem

      Israeli Arab MK Jamal Zahalka told 1,000 Arabs at the funeral of a terrorist that Israel must withdraw from “occupied Jerusalem.”
      By Hana Levi Julian
      First Publish: 8/13/2007, 10:02 AM

      For the second time in 12 months, Israeli Arab MK Jamal Zahalka has declared his support for the position of enemy Arab nations claiming that Israel has no right to be in Jerusalem.

      Zahalka was one of approximately 1,000 Israeli Arabs to participate in the funeral of the terrorist who was killed in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday. 

      The Arab MK referred to the Old City as “occupied” and to its Jewish occupants as “right-wing settlers.”  He criticized police for believing the Jewish security guards who fought the terrorist, and dismissed video evidence of the attack as unreliable.

      Zahalka went on to say “We don’t recognize the right of the settlers, the guards, and the security services to be in Jerusalem, which is occupied land.”  Israel “is ultimately responsible for the bloodshed” and must withdraw from “occupied Jerusalem.”

      The Israel Law Center (Shurat HaDin) filed a petition last year asking the High Court to revoke the citizenship of three Arab Knesset Members, including Zahalka, who visited Syria and Lebanon in September 2006, both of which are classified as enemy states.

      At the time, Zahalka told government radio from Damascus, “We don’t see Syria as an enemy state.” Shurat HaDin claimed that MKs who show support for an enemy state should lose their citizenship and be terminated from their posts as Knesset Members.

      The other two Israeli Arab MKs named in the Shurat HaDin petition were Wasel Taha and Azmi Bishara. Bishara fled Israel and resigned after being investigated on suspicion of actively assisting the Hizbullah terror organization during the Second Lebanon War. 

      He faces a possible death penalty, but told the British Guardian newspaper last month that he does not plan to return to Israel to defend himself in court. Bishara claimed that the charges against him, which include treason and money laundering, are false.