Analysis: Ghattas’s charges of ‘political persecution’ ring hollow among Arabs

Balad Party MK Basel Ghattas has dismissed the police investigation over his alleged smuggling of cellphones to Fatah prisoners held in Ketziot Prison as being “all political persecution.”

Balad leaders used the same phrase in September when police arrested dozens of party members as part of a campaign financing probe. The fact that many of the arrests were carried out between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., and questions as to why the matter wasn’t simply handled through the state comptroller, contributed to sympathy for Balad among the Arab public.


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