Former MK Said Nafa Convicted of Visiting Enemy State

The Balad lawmaker visited Syria in 2007 and met with deputy director general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

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Former Israeli MK Said Nafa
Former Israeli MK Said NafaCredit: Abdallah Shama

A former Knesset member was convicted Sunday of visiting an enemy state and meeting with a foreign agent.

The Nazareth District Court found Said Nafa (Balad) guilty of meeting Talal Naji, deputy director general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, in Syria in 2007, but acquitted him of the charge that he had met with Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal.

Nafa's legal defense team said they were not surprised by the verdict and that once discussions regarding his sentence are complete, they will decide whether to appeal.

In December 2011, Nafa and 16 Druze sheikhs were convicted of visiting Syria and Lebanon between 2007 and 2010. The northern district attorney charged them with visiting enemy states and Nafa was also charged with meeting a foreign agent.

According to the conviction, Nafa traveled to Syria, defined by Israel as an enemy state, despite the fact that he was clearly told by the interior minister that this was prohibited.

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