Thursday, February 28, 2002 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: The Voices of Pacifica: An Audio Tour Through 50...
2002-02-28

Israeli Knesset Member Azmi Bishara On Trial for "Supporting a Terrorist Organization"

download:   Video Get CD/DVD More Formats
This is viewer supported news

The trial of Israeli Knesset member Azmi Bishara opened yesterday at the Upper Magistrate’s Court in Nazareth. Bishara is charged with "supporting a terrorist organization," a crime that carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison. The charges were filed by the Israeli Attorney General last fall, following two speeches Bishara made allegedly praising Hezbollah. Bishara is the only Parliamentary representative of the National Democratic Assembly, a Palestinian political party that calls for the transformation of Israel into a state for all its citizens. He is also the only representative to have his parliamentary right to freedom of speech revoked.

Bishara’s trial has sparked outrage and protest throughout Europe, Israel, and the rest of the Arab World. As the trial began yesterday, supporters rallied outside the Nazareth court. Inside, meanwhile, Bishara’s lawyers argued that "political" motives were behind his indictment. The next date for Bishara’s trial is set for April 4th, 2002.

Guest:

  • Hassan Jabarddin, lawyer for Azmi Bishara

Recent Shows More

Full News Hour

Stories

    Bn2015-0730_funhome3
    Alison Bechdel’s "Fun Home": The Coming-Out Memoir That Became a Hit Broadway Musical
    In a Democracy Now! special, we look at the acclaimed Broadway musical "Fun Home," which swept the Tony Awards last month. Composer Jeanine Tesori and lyricist Lisa Kron made history as the first female duo to win a Tony Award for Best Original Score. "Fun Home" is also the first-ever Broadway musical to feature a lesbian protagonist. The musical is based on the 2006 best-selling graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic." The memoir is a poignant exploration of family, memory, first love,...

Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

This is viewer supported news