Ahmad Tibi, an Arab member of the Israeli Knesset from the Ra’am-Ta’al party, waved a Palestinian flag during a parade held this weekend to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet.
“I wanted to symbolize the Palestinians’ right to an independent state with a capital in east Jerusalem,” Tibi said.
After the incident, attorney Yossi Fuchs, chairman of the Legal Forum for Israel, asked Israeli Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein to order a criminal investigation against Tibi.
The Jerusalem District Police reported that Tibi had not given any advance notice that he would participate in the parade.
“The police take any actions that could cause disturbances on the Temple Mount very seriously,” the police said.