Arab MK Defies Ban

Ad Feedback - After speaking at the Land Day conference in Yemen, Member of Knesset (MK) Ahmed Tibi arrived in Beirut Wednesday night.

Traveling with three Arab journalists, Tibi defied Israeli law, which prohibits travel to a designated enemy state.

While in Yemen, Tibi (United Arab List - Ta'al party) met with President Ali Abdullah Saleh to discuss the president's efforts to reconcile rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah.

Two weeks ago, delegations from Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) signed an agreement in Yemen to renew negotiations that would pave the way for early elections and a coalition government.

Tibi praised Saleh's efforts to reconcile the two factions and promised to lobby other Arab leaders to support his efforts.

Saleh said Yemen "supported the [Palestinian] nation's right for an independent state whose capital is Jerusalem."

In July 2005, the attorney general opened a investigation against Tibi for a visit to Lebanon in May of that year.

"If I am invited [to an enemy state], I'll go despite the law," Tibi said. "I am sure that a person who violates a law that is unjust -- or whose conscience is completely clear and is willing to pay the price and be imprisoned in order to raise public awareness regarding injustice -- is truly showing his respect for the highest values," Tibi said to the Knesset plenum late last year during a debate on legislation banning MKs from traveling to enemy countries.

Sources: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post

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