Iraq orders arrest of 3 people calling for normalization with Israel

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BAGHDAD – Baghdad Court, Iraq , on Sunday, issued arrest warrants for three people including a former lawmaker. The three attended a meeting calling for normalization of relations with Israel .

There were actually more than 300 Iraqis, including tribal leaders, attending the meeting in Kurdistan, Iraq’s autonomous region. The forum which took place on Saturday last week was organized by an institution think tank United States of America (USA).

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The Court, in a statement on its website as quoted AFP, Monday (27/9/2021), said it would take legal action against the other residents once they were identified.

The three people wanted by Iraqi authorities for their role in calling for normal relations with Israel were identified as tribal chief Wissam Al Hardan, former MP Mithal Al Alusi and head of research at the Ministry of Culture Sahar Al Tai.

Al Alusi is a controversial secular lawmaker who was stripped of parliamentary immunity in 2008 for visiting Israel.

Iraq has technically been at war with Israel since the formation of the Jewish state in 1948.

After the US-led invasion in 2003, Hardan led the “Sahwa” tribal group which joined American forces in the fight against the “jihadist” group.

At a forum held in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, Al Tai read out a closing statement saying: “We demand our integration into the Abrahamic Agreement.”

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