Friday, May 11, 2007

Israeli Arab ex-MP denies spy charges

Source ::: AFP

JERUSALEM • Israeli Arab former MP Azmi Bishara denied charges of spying for Lebanon's Hezbollah militia but acknowledged criticising its rocketing of Arab villages in Israel, in an interview published yesterday.

"I am not a spy," Bishara said, according to excerpts of the interview in the mass-selling Yediot Aharonot.

Israeli authorities suspect Bishara, who resigned his seat in parliament while abroad on April 22, of advising Hezbollah and directing its rocket fire during its war with Israel last summer in return for money.

In the excerpts of the interview, the full text of which is due to be published tomorrow, he repeated his denial of the charges.

"I did not pass secrets to Hezbollah, I simply told a friend on the telephone that you could understand that there are attacks against Haifa, but why for devil's sake fire on Arab villages," he said.


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