Joint Arab List MK Basel Ghattas is being investigated for smuggling cellphones into Arab terrorists when he visited them in prison.
A date has not been set for the police questioning of Ghattas.
According to a Channel 2 report, Ghattas smuggled phones to two prisoners from the Fatah party in the Ketziot Prison. One of the terrorists is serving a 37-year sentence.
The questioning of Ghattas does not appear to be connected to the ongoing police fraud investigation of Balad party finances. “If the suspicions against MK Ghattas is correct – then this is a serious offense against the security of the state and the citizens of Israel.
Whoever harms state security should be severely punished and not allowed to serve in the Knesset,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement regarding the Ghattas investigation.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman accused the Joint List of being “a list of spies and traitors,” and called for the citizenship of Ghattas and other Israeli-Arab MKs to be revoked.
“From Azmi Bishara to Basel Ghattas, representatives of the Marmara in Israel, Haneen Zoabi and other friends – we will continue to act so that not only will they not be part of the Israeli Knesset, but they will [also] not be citizens of Israel.”
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the suspicions against Ghattas are “very serious.”
“If he was not MK, he probably would be detained in light of the seriousness of the allegations,” Erdan said, calling on visits to Arab security prisons by MKs to be banned.