Arab MK who smuggled cellphones to Muslim terrorists released from prison
Former Israeli lawmaker from the Joint Arab list terrorist Basel Ghattas was released Monday after serving a two-year sentence for smuggling cellphones and SIM cards to fellow Muslim terrorists in an Israeli security prison.
Ghattas, who loves to hate Israel despite having served as a member of the Knesset, was convicted of fraud and breach of trust, providing means to carry out terror attacks, smuggling electronic equipment into prison and delivering a forbidden document.
The convicted terrorist entered Gilboa Prison in July 2017, telling journalists that he was “entering prison with my head held high.”
“I will continue to protect the rights of
prisoners [convicted Muslim terrorists] and bring their cases to the public agenda,” he said.
The former lawmaker and terror-fan admitted to the charges against him, saying Walid Daka – a Muslim terrorist convicted for the murder of IDF soldier Moshe Tamam in 1984 – asked him to bring cellphones to the Ketziot Prison and deliver them to Basel Suliman Bazrah, another prisoner convicted of terror offenses.
In November 2018, Ghattas submitted a request for early release. The parole board denied his request, claiming the former politician’s offenses were extremely serious and intended to harm the security of Israel and its citizens.
The board also claimed Ghattas was not involved in a rehabilitation process while in prison and did not express any verbal remorse over his actions.
A festive reception in honor of the released terrorist was held in the northern Israel village of Rameh, where he resides.