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Balad Spokesman Won't Confirm MKs Met with Bishara

Spokesman for Balad confirms that its MKs visited Qatar, says he's unaware of a meeting with party founder Bishara.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
First Publish: 8/18/2014, 6:14 AM

Azmi Bishara
Azmi Bishara
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A spokesman for the Arab Balad party confirmed on Sunday night that its Knesset Members visited Qatar, but would not confirm they met with Azmi Bishara, the former MK who fled to Qatar after passing information to Hezbollah in the 2006 Second Lebanon War, helping direct their missiles at Israeli citizens.

According to the spokesman, who was quoted on Kol Yisrael radio, Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Basal Ghattas indeed travelled to Qatar over the past few days.

The spokesman added, however, that he was unaware of any meeting between the three and Bishara.

He said that the three traveled to Qatar for a series of media interviews, and that the flight there was at their expense.

Bishara is still wanted for questioning in Israel for transmitting information to Hezbollah. Until the 2011 passing of the "Bishara Law," the former MK was still receiving full pension from Israel, getting a total of 500,000 shekels (roughly $143,000).

Qatar has come under fire from some countries in the Arab world over the Al Jazeera network, which has  been called "the Muslim Brotherhood channel" and has been blamed for stirring up much of the violence that has rocked the Middle East in recent years.

Speaking to Al Jazeera late last month, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) noted that "Qatar is funding Hamas with over quarter of a billion dollars - they're funding daily murders of Israeli children and Gaza children and what we need is for Qatar to stop funding Hamas."