Said Nafa

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Said Nafa
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Date of birth (1953-04-01) 1 April 1953 (age 61)
Place of birth Beit Jann, Israel
Knessets 17, 18
Party represented in Knesset
2007–2013 Balad

Said Nafa (Arabic: سعيد نفاع‎, Hebrew: סעיד נפאע‎, also Said Naffaa, born 1 April 1953) is a politician and lawyer. A Druze Palestinian Arab citizen of Israel, he served as a member of the Knesset for Balad between 2007 and 2013.[1]

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Born into a family of the Druze faith in Beit Jann in 1953, Nafa joined the Communist Party Maki at age 14. He studied law at Tel Aviv University, graduating in 1983. In 1989, he was elected to his hometown's local council as a representative of Maki, and also served as mayor and deputy mayor in the 1990s.[1]

Nafa left the Maki party in 1997, and joined the Arab party Balad in 1999, along with a large group consisting of other members of the Druze community in Israel.[1]

In 2001, he announced the "Pact of Free Druze", an initiative aimed at ending the conscription of Druze into the Israeli army and promoting the community's identity as an integral part of the Palestinian Arab population in Israel and the Palestinian people at large. Nafa himself is a conscientious objector who was jailed several times for refusing to carry out his army service and four of his sons have also stood trial for refusing to enlist.[1]

Another committee founded by Nafa in 2003 seeks to facilitate contacts between Druze leaders in Israel and elsewhere in the Arab world, principally Syria and Lebanon.[1]

Prior to the 2006 elections Nafa was placed fourth on the Balad list.[2] Although Balad won only three seats in the election, he entered the Knesset on 24 April 2007 as a replacement for party leader Azmi Bishara, who had resigned. He was placed second on the party's list for the 2009 elections,[3] and retained his seat as the party won three mandates.

In January 2010 a Knesset committee stripped Nafa of his parliamentary immunity from prosecution, in order to enable charges brought in relation to a visit to Syria to proceed. In 2007 Nafa had organised a pilgrimage to Syria for 280 people; visits to Syria are banned. During that visit, it is also alleged that he met with members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and attempted to meet with Hamas representatives - charges he denies.[4]

In the end of February 2012, Nafa was a guest of honor in a rally supporting Bashar al-Assad and his regime in Syria. He stated that he came to support the regime and condemn the weird coalition that was formed to prevent Assad's reform attempts. He also said that the western coalition made up the "genocide" and is (the western coalition) responsible for the death of Syrian children, by supplying weapons to the gangs.[5] According to Israeli prosecutors, Nafa also met with Talal Naji, the Secretary-General of the PFLP official while in Syria.

In December 2011, Nafa was indicted for illegally entering an enemy state and contacting a foreign agent.[6]

Nafa did not contest the 2013 elections and subsequently lost his Knesset seat.

On April 6, 2014, Nafa was convicted of illegally entering an enemy state and on one count of contact with a foreign agent. He was acquitted of a second count of contacting a foreign agent.[7]

Nafa lives in Beit Jann and is married with nine children.[1]

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