On July 6, Israeli-Arab Knesset member Basel Ghattas of the Joint List, a unified slate of predominantly Arab parties, resumed his parliamentary work after a few days of absence while he was on board the Swedish boat Marianne, which took part in the Gaza-bound flotilla. He has drawn many insights and conclusions from the flotilla. But for now he must respond to questions from the Knesset ethics committee about the funding and objectives of the flotilla. Several complaints were lodged against him by a number of right-wing Knesset members who alleged that Ghattas exploited his parliamentary immunity by participating in an activity that sought to harm Israel diplomatically, in what some of them dubbed a “terrorist flotilla.”
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.