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Move Under Way in Knesset to Lift Immunity of Arab for Alleged Sedition

A move is under way in the Knesset (Parliament) to lift the immunity of an Arab Communist member so that he can be brought to trial for allegedly seditious remarks on the floor of the chamber. The charges have been leveled by a group of MKs against Emil Chabibi of the new Moscow-oriented Communist faction. They have asked the Knesset presidium to deprive him of his parliamentary immunity because of speeches he made supporting President Nasser of Egypt and referring to terrorist incursions into the West Bank and Israel as “a legitimate weapon of an occupied nation.” Some experts believe that he could not be legally deprived of his immunity because a Knesset member is not answerable for violations of the law in the course of what he considers his duty as a representative of the people.