Bibitours: Netanyahu Took Millions from Pro-Israel Groups and Donors, Violating Knesset Ethics Rules
Yesterday, I wrote my first post about a brewing Israeli scandal, Bibitours, which is enveloping the Israeli airwaves and political discourse. I’ve just started watching Raviv Drucker’s video reports which broke the story and it’s potentially huge. As I understand it, Bibi, in the period from when he ended his first prime ministership in 1999 until as late as 2005 (and possibly later) accepted millions of dollars worth of speakers fees, hotel, food, and personal jet travel from a network of pro-Israel groups and individual right-wing donors against the ethics rules of the Knesset. Those rules state that an MK may only speak or travel when it is directly related to his government role and that family members must be paid for directly by the member and not by outside parties. MKs must also receive permission from a Knesset committee for such travel. In addition, any benefit accrued on behalf of family members must be declared on personal tax returns. Grebulon reports from gitmonation falafel
Health of jailed pro-Israel Egyptian blogger worsens
By OREN KESSLER
Appeal postponed of Maikel Nabil, a critic of Egypt’s army; family say his health is declining because of a six-week hunger strike.
A jailed Egyptian blogger known for his anti-military and pro-Israel views is in declining health because of a six-week hunger strike, his family and a rights group said Tuesday.
Maikel Nabil’s appeal was to be heard Tuesday but was postponed to next week because the judge said he did not have the necessary documents before him, Mark Nabil, the blogger’s brother said. Scuffles broke out between military police and protesters who gathered to condemn Nabil’s imprisonment, and one activist was arrested, his brother said. Grebulon reports from gitmonation falafel