Law­maker in cell

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

JERUSALEM: For­mer Is­raeliArab law­maker Basel Ghat­tas started his 24-month sen­tence in jail for smug­gling mo­bile phones to Pales­tinian pris­on­ers in an Is­raeli jail.

In Arab and He­brew state­ments to the press out­side the Gil­boa prison in the northern district, Ghat­tas said he en­tered jail “proud, with my head up and with a real pub­lic sup­port of my peo­ple”. Ghat­tas, a law­maker with the ArabJewish Joint List party, vowed to con­tinue his po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity af­ter his re­lease.

“I will con­tinue to de­fend the pris­on­ers’ rights and bring their cases to the pub­lic’s at­ten­tion,” he said.

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