Daily Israel Report

Secret Evidence Reveals Leftist Hero Nawi is a Hamas Supporter

'Peace activist' Ezra Nawi, a hero to extreme leftists the world over, has turned out to be a supporter of terror organization Hamas.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/19/2009, 11:24 PM

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Ezra Nawi, the Jewish pro-Arab activist who has become a hero to leftists, is a supporter of terror organization Hamas’s actions in Judea and Samaria, a court proceeding revealed Tuesday.

In a case involving a complaint by Nawi against two residents of Mitzpeh Asael in southern Mount Hevron, Supreme Court Judge Esther Chayut revealed to the defendants and their attorney that the security services see Nawi as “a supporter of Hamas activity in the area.”

The defendants’ attorney, Yoram Sheftel, had filed a motion for the discovery of secret evidence in the criminal case being prosecuted at the Be’er Sheva District Court against the two residents of Judea. 

Nawi is himself the defendant in a separate case, in which he is charged with assaulting police officers. Due to this case, Nawi has become a celebrity of sorts for the international Left, which is mounting a petition campaign to “free Ezra.” Articles of support for Nawi have appeared in Haaretz, the New York Times, the Guardian and elsewhere. Everywhere he is depicted as a man of peace whose only crime was to oppose the demolition of an Arab home.

Certificate of secrecy
The secret evidence against Nawi was uncovered when Attorney Sheftel, who was hired by the Organization for Human Rights in Yesha to defend the two Mitzpeh Asael residents, noticed that the file contained a certificate of secrecy signed by the Minister of Defense that did not even specify what kind of evidence was being suppressed, and why it was being suppressed.

It later turned out that the evidence was “the reason for the fact that the complainant is not allowed to enter Israel.” Sheftel filed a request to uncover this reason and in the end, Judge Chayut revealed it to him and his clients.  

State 'colluded' with Nawi
The attorney is now demanding that the case against his clients be dropped, and claiming that the State colluded with Nawi in hiding his support for Hamas, because it wanted to see the Jewish defendants he complained against jailed.

The verdict in the officer-assault case against Nawi is due to be given September 21. Orit Strook of the Organization for Human Rights in Yesha noted that “the signers [of the petitions] worldwide should know that this is a man who has now been legally proven to be a collaborator with Hamas.” She added that the Israeli legal system “should begin treating with proper seriousness the dangers he poses.”