Shafaq News/ The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, said on Tuesday that the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, refuses to ratify the law criminalizing normalization with Israel despite its legislation by the Iraqi Parliament.
Al-Sadr said in a tweet he posted on the social networking sites “Twitter”, “It is very, very shameful that the so-called President of the Republic of Iraq (Barham) refuses to sign the law (criminalizing normalization), so it is shameful for the people that their president is normalizing and unpatriotic, but rather subordinating to the West. and the East”.
He added, “I absolve him of this crime before God and the Iraqi people, and I regret his candidacy for the presidency before and after.”
At the end of last May, the Iraqi parliament sent the law “criminalizing normalization with Israel”, which was recently initiated, to the Presidency of the Republic for the purpose of ratification.
Members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives voted in favor of a proposed law to “criminalize normalization” with Israel, a law proposed by the Sadr bloc and its former allies, the “Save a Homeland” alliance, which broke apart after al-Sadr withdrew from the political process.
The new law stipulates penalties, including life or temporary imprisonment, and aims, according to its first article, to “prevent the establishment of diplomatic, political, military, economic, cultural, or any other form of relations with the occupying Zionist entity.”
Article 201 of the Iraqi Penal Code stipulates that anyone who promotes the principles of Zionism, including Freemasonry, or affiliates with any of its institutions, or helps them financially or morally, or works in any way to achieve its purposes, shall be punished with death.
Iraq does not establish any relations with Israel, and the government and the majority of political forces reject normalization with it.
Out of 22 Arab countries, 6 countries, namely Egypt, Jordan, the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan, have declared relations with Israel.
Those who reject normalization of relations with Israel say that it still occupies Arab lands in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon since 1967 and rejects the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.