Antichrist seeks to criminalize Israel ties

Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr holds a press conference in Najaf, Iraq on 18 November 2021 [Karar Essa/Anadolu Agency]

Iraqi cleric seeks to criminalize Israel ties

April 24, 2022 at 2:36 pm | Published in: Iraq, Israel, Middle East, News

Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr holds a press conference in Najaf, Iraq on 18 November 2021 [Karar Essa/Anadolu Agency]April 24, 2022 at 2:36 pm

Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said he plans to float a proposal to parliament to criminalize the normalization of relations with Israel, Anadolu Agency reported.

“One of the main reasons that prompted me to have the Sadrist movement run in elections again was the issue of normalization and Israeli ambitions to dominate our beloved Iraq,” al-Sadr said in a Twitter post.

He said his movement and allies will soon unveil a proposal to be put for vote in parliament to criminalise normalisation and dealings with Israel.

Iraq’s Penal Code punishes with death anyone who promotes “Zionist principles” or becomes a member in any institution that promotes its idea.

Iraq has no diplomatic relations with Israel, and most of Iraqi political parties oppose normalization with Tel Aviv.

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