TEL AVIV (May. 17)
Peace activist Abie Nathan was slapped with a summons Wednesday upon his return from Tunis, where he met with Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasir Arafat and other PLO officials.
But the police seem unsure whether to throw him back in jail or ignore his freely admitted violation of the law forbidding contact with the enemy.
Nathan, who recently served a six-month prison term for meeting with Arafat, has an 18-month suspended sentence over his head. He appeared in a Petach Tikva magistrates court Thursday morning as ordered by police and was released on $5,000 bail.
The bail, in fact, was proposed by police investigators, who now must decide whether to pursue their charges against Nathan.
The court denied a police request to confiscate his passport while the investigation continues, even though Nathan readily admits that he met Arafat again, as he said he would when last released from jail.
He said they discussed the peace process and the intifada and that he sought the release of Israelis held prisoner by Palestinian and Lebanese groups in Lebanon.