Terrorist becomes a politician: Tagrid Saadi, a 28-year-old Arab-Israeli woman convicted of failing to prevent a terror attack in Jerusalem, is vying for a city council spot in the northern town of Sakhnin.
Saadi was detained immediately after a female suicide bomber detonated herself at Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market on April 12, 2002. The bombing killed six Israelis and wounded 60. Saadi was in contact with the cell commander, via the Internet, and was informed about the date of the attack. The cell leader also asked her for information about crowded locations that would be suitable for attacks.
Saadi was sentenced to six years in prison, where she affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad prisoners. She was released less than a year ago, and has now decided to enter politics.
'She fought against occupation'In a conversation with Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Saadi did not express any regret for her actions. "I do not look back – I only look forward," she said.
Saadi, who is running on behalf of the Hadash party, said she is sure party officials looked into the legal issues associated with her political quest.
"Like any person released from prison, I'm allowed to vote and be elected," she said. A Hadash official told Yedioth Ahornoth that the party is proud of Saadi, because "she fought against the occupation, and continues to fight against the occupation."
"There is no party that objects to the killing of innocents, regardless of whether they are Israeli or Palestinian, more than Hadash," he said. "Besides, we have no faith in the court that sentenced her, as it is part of the Israeli establishment, and this court allows radical Jews to protest in Umm al-Fahm. She acted against occupation."