Jun 26, 2022
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The head of Israel’s Religious Zionist Party, Bezalel Smotrich, has called for a criminal investigation against former Jerusalem Mufti Ekrima Sabri and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna over their participation last week in a virtual conference hosted by Iran.

The conference, called “Annual Global Jerusalem Day,” was also attended by the leaders of various terrorist organizations, such as Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ziyad al-Nakhala, the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Talal Naji, and the head of the Fatah coalition in Iraq, Hadi al-Amiri.

Knesset member Bezalel Smotrich at a conference in Lod on July 22, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

“Any sane person can understand the conduct of these two amounts to a number of criminal offenses, among them support for an armed struggle against the State of Israel,” said Smotrich.

He called on Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara to open an investigation “and hold them accountable in the appropriate manner.”

It was “unreasonable,” he added, for Israel to provide immunity “to enemies at home or abroad that seek and call for the State of Israel’s destruction.”

“It appears they are taking advantage of their proximity to power in Israel, to the Ra’am Party among other things, which as is known is an active partner in the current coalition, to win immunity from prosecution for their criminal acts,” said Smotrich.