Israel National NewsJune 5, 2010
Israel to Expel Hamas Terrorist-Legislator(Excerpts}
MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union), before Abu-Tir's release last week, wrote an urgent letter to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, asking that Abu-Tir be kept in prison in administrative detention. "In any normal country," Ben-Ari wrote, "Abu-Tir would have found himself deep in the ground, or at least in prison for life."
Abu-Tir was convicted in the past of directing terror activities against Israel, including the attempted poisoning in the early 1990s of Israel's water supplies and running Hamas's military arm, the Izz ad-Din al-Kassam Brigades. After his release from prison in 2005, prior to Palestinian Authority elections, he was recruited by Hamas to be one of the leaders of its national electoral list.