Ezra Nawi, at the centre of a scandal broken by Israeli TV, is the far-left activist who turned over Arabs selling land to Jews in the West Bank to the Palestinian Authority, leading to their torture and execution. From a family of Kurdish Jews, the notorious Nawi belongs to a tradition of Iraqi-Jewish radicalism. Iraqi Jews were not only prominent in the Iraqi Communist party, they set up the anti-Zionist League in 1945. Many found refuge, ironically, in the Zionist state.
The Times of Israel reports:
“A key figure from a left-wing Israeli group
was arrested at Ben-Gurion airport on Monday as he tried to leave the
country, days after being filmed in a television investigation that has
rocked the halls of power.
Ezra Nawi, a Jewish far-left activist from the Ta’ayush group, is reportedly suspected of conspiracy to commit a crime.
Nawi, a prominent campaigner for Palestinian
rights, featured in a television investigation last week in which he was
recorded saying that he helps Palestinian authorities find and kill
Palestinians who sell land to Jews.”
Steve Plaut gives some background to Nawi’s activities on his blog:
“The “star” of the story is a leftist
extremist named Ezra Nawi, who has become something of a poster boy for
the radical Left. “Nawi” is a well-known and ordinarily distinguished
surname among Jews who came from Iraq. Most of these are patriotic
Zionists, but a small minority of them were
communists back in Iraq in the 1940s/1950s and have remained such. A
few of these Iraqi Jews continue to embrace communism, like the radical anti-Zionist sociologist from Tel Aviv University, Yehouda Shenhav.
“Nawi famously was convicted of
pedophilia and rape of a minor boy some years ago. Later he was also
convicted of violently attacking police as part of a riot of violent
Palestinians he helped lead. He speaks Arabic and likes to dress as an
Arab. He is active in small far-leftist anti-Israel NGOs operating in
Israel that pretend to be “human rights groups,” including B’tselem and
Taayoush. These are foreign-funded subversive groups that have never
heard of any human right for Jews worthy of being defended and certainly
not the right of self-defense against genocidal terror and
Islamofascist aggression. They are also notoriously indifferent to
violations of free speech rights of anyone not from the far Left.”