Criminal charges brought against violent Arab MK

Tuesday, November 03, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Israel's Attorney General on Sunday finally brought criminal charges against Israeli Arab Knesset Member Mohammed Barakeh, who over the past few years has been involved in numerous violent attacks on Israeli police officers.

The first charge relates to Barakeh's attack on an Israeli riot police officer during a violent demonstration against the Israeli security fence in April 2005. During that event, Barakeh choked a police officer who was in the process of arresting a left-wing Jewish demonstrator who had been throwing stones. Barakeh, confident in his high political position, went on to also punch the officer and verbally assault him.

A year later, Barakeh's son was arrested after attacking a police officer. Barakeh intervened by insulting and threatening the officer while slapping him with his finger.

Also in 2006, Barakeh violently attacked a person who dared to criticize ultra-left-wing leader Uri Avneri during an event in Tel Aviv.

Many of the Arabs in Israel's Knesset often let their vocal opposition to the Jewish state translate into violence. Israelis have long complained that these MKs misuse their parliamentary immunity to get away with violence crimes anyone else would be immediately arrested for.

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