Dubai police: Ex-MK Azmi Bishara is Israeli spy

Former Israeli Arab Knesset member Azmi Bishara

A senior Dubai official accused this week former Arab-Israeli MK and academic Azmi Bishara, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Qatar since 2007, of being an Israeli agent who was sent to destabilize the Persian Gulf region.

In a series of recent statements, Dubai police chief Dhahi Khalfan alleged that Bishara, despite his rocky relations with his former country, was actually an agent of Israel and responsible for the recent deterioration of Qatar’s relations with its neighbors, according to a Monday Israel Radio report.

Bishara should be kicked out of the region, Khalfan added.

This is evidently not the first time Khalfan has made accusations against Bishara. In late January, Bishara posted on his Facebook page that Khalfan was part of a “coordinated defamation campaign” against him due to his “twin commitments to both patriotism and democracy.”