Probably won’t be too long before Western parliaments start having this problem.
Taleb Abu Arar, the new Bedouin Knesset Member from the Raam-Taal party, is facing an unusual dilemma, according to this morning’s Maariv: which of his two wives to bring to the ceremonial plenum next week, when he swears allegiance to the Knesset and the state.
The new MK is married to one wife who is 8 years his senior and has given him “almost ten children” (goes the official bio). His younger wife, who is 22, has already given Taleb one child, and lives in her own house in Ar’ara. The young couple spent their honey moon in Cairo.
Abu Arar’s two wives have been a well known secret among the Arab MKs. A source inside his party told Maariv that Abu Arar is not violating the state anti-bigamy laws because the younger woman is officially only his mistress.
What is not mentioned in the bio is that Taleb Abu Arar appears to be a member of the Islamic Movement, which is short for the Islamic Movement in 48 Palestine which is the Muslim Brotherhood’s franchise in Israel and headed the Islamic Movement in Ar’ara, one of the Brotherhood’s centers of power in Israel, for ten years. And was a member of the Shura Council of the Islamic Movement in Israel.
Raam-Taa/ the United Arab List is Ahmed Tibi’s party. Tibi is an open enemy of the State of Israel who openly supports terrorism and actually served as Arafat’s advisor and represented the Palestinian Authority at Wye. That should have blatantly disqualified him from being in the Knesset… but there he is anyway along with several party members thanks to Israel’s left-wing Supreme Court.