Israeli journalist Edy Cohen revealed the
names of the Iraqi MPs who allegedly visited Israel amid the state of war
between the two countries, among a number of delegations, adding in a previous
statement that these delegations were officially representing the Iraqi
In a tweet in Arabic, Cohen named the Iraqi lawmakers as Sunni Ahmed al-Jabouri, Ahmed al-Jarba, former MP Abdul Rahim al-Louwaizi and Abdul Rahman al-Shammari, who are all from Nineveh governorate, as well as Khalid al-Mafraji from Kirkuk and female lawmaker Aliaa Nassif, a Shiite from Baghdad.
هؤلاء النواب أو أشخاص من طرفهم كانوا ضمن الوفود التي زارت إسرائيل : ممثلين السنة
احمد الجبوري عن نينوى
احمد الجربا عن نينوى
عبدالرحمن اللويزي عن نينوى نائب سابق
عبدالرحيم الشمري عن نينو بالإضافة إلى
خالد المفرجي عن محافظة كركوك
وعالية نصيف عن بغداد شيعية.
نمد أيدينا لهم للسلام
— ايدي كوهين אדי כהן (@EdyCohen) January 7, 2019
Three delegations of local leaders from Iraq have
reportedly made visits to Israel in recent months, where they held meetings
with Israeli officials.
Hassan al-Kaabi, first deputy speaker of the parliament, called for “an investigation...to identify those who went to the occupied territory, particularly if they are lawmakers.”
“To go to the occupied territory is a red line and an extremely sensitive issue for all Muslims,” his statement read.
Israel’s foreign ministry said on Twitter that the 15 Iraqi visitors were “influential Shiite and Sunni personalities in the country”, but it did not give names.
A spokesman for the memorial told AFP that “a group of 10 Iraqis” had “undertaken a guided tour in late December.”
Iraqi politician Mithal al-Alusi called for opening channels with Israel, saying that the visits to Israel are secret because they fear groups linked to Iran, al-Qaeda or ISIS could eliminate them
The delegations, totaling 15 Iraqis, held meetings with Israeli academics, visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, and, most significantly, met with Israeli government officials, Hadashot TV news reported on Sunday night.
Iraq is a firm supporter of the Arab League boycott of Israel. Its passports are not valid for travel to Israel.