Israeli Lawmakers Demand Action After Terrorist’s Father Wins French Human Rights Award
JNS.org – Knesset member Shuli Mualem-Rafaeli (HaBayit HaYehudi) has called on Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely to deny entry to Israel to lawmakers who took part in an awards ceremony that honored the father of a terrorist for his work as a human rights lawyer.
“We cannot show restraint,” Mualem-Rafaeli wrote in a letter to Hotovely, after an Israel Hayom report revealed that Muhammad Alyan, whose son killed three Israelis in 2015, won the France-based International Institute of Human Rights’s award for best international human rights attorney for defending another terrorist’s wife. Many diplomats, including from Belgium and Canada, attended the event.
Alyan won the award for defending Nadia Abu Jamaal, the widow of terrorist Ghassan Abu Jamaal, who participated in the November 2014 terrorist attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood that killed five Jewish worshippers and a police officer. Alyan’s son, terrorist Baha Alyan, perpetrated the October 2015 attack in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood that killed three Israelis.
Mualem-Rafaeli wrote, “The message to the world will be clear: The State of Israel will not allow subversive elements to pass through the entrance gates to Israel.”
Hotovely has asked the Israeli Embassy in Paris to relay her objection to the award to the French Foreign Ministry.
Knesset Member Anat Berko (Likud) said, “The West will pray the price for its hypocrisy and for its disregard of facts. It pays the price with terror attacks and will continue to pay the price with even more murderous attacks.”