Iraq punishes lawmaker who visited Israel


Iraq’s parliament has punished a Sunni lawmaker who visited Israel.

The parliamentary immunity of Mithal al-Alousi was lifted, making him subject to prosecution. He also has been banned from traveling outside of Iraq and from attending parliamentary sessions.

Speaking Sept. 10 at a conference on terror in Herzliya, Alousi called for stronger cooperation between Iraq and Israel in fighting terror.

The Iraqi legislator visited Israel in 2004 to participate in a counterterrorism conference, after which his two grown sons were murdered by extremists in an apparent payback.

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