Arab member of the Israeli Knesset and the General Secretary of the Hadash Movement, Mohammad Barakeh, responded Monday to accusations that he had attacked a soldier during an April 2005 protest with an eloquent pronunciation of his innocence, and an indictment of the State of Israel for war crimes against the Palestinian people.

The Israeli police were investigating Barakeh for assaulting an Israeli soldier during a demonstration against the Wall in Bil’in Village west of the West Bank city of Ramallah, in April 2005.

Barakeh had documentation that he was attacked during the nonviolent demonstration in question as he was burned on his leg after an Israeli soldier detonated a sound grenade near him, Israeli sources reported.

Police tried to interrogate the legislator in an Israeli police station near the city of Ramallah but he refused to accept the legitimacy of the police there, as it is in occupied territory and he used his Parliamentary immunity.