Former partner of senator David Norris filmed in alleged Palestinian 'death squad' video

Ezra Nawi
Ezra Nawi

The former partner of senator David Norris has been filmed allegedly claiming to help Palestinian secret forces find and kill fellow countrymen who sell land to Jewish Israelis.

According to reports in the Sunday Independent, Ezra Nawi – a human rights activist – was secretly recorded posing as a Jew looking to purchase property from Palestinians.

The purpose was to gather information for Palestinian counter-intelligence agencies.

Mr Nawi is seen on camera appearing to tell an undercover investigator that Palestinian special forces will "catch these guys and kill them" after he hands over information.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the video footage showed "hatred for settlements has pushed them over the edge to the point of delivering innocents for torture and execution".

He added: "Those who encourage murder cannot continue to hide behind the hypocritical pretence of caring for human rights."

Selling land to Jews is punishable by death under Palestinian laws.

Senator David Norris

However, Mr Nawi has denied claims of entrapment.

In a statement, published on the website of Israeli Newspaper Haaretz, he said: "The opposite is true. He [the land seller] came to me and presented himself as a land broker.

“I assumed he was sent to frame me and tarnish my name in the Palestinian community. I had no choice but to report the incident to the Palestinian Authority, lest I be deemed a land buyer.”

Mr Nawi was convicted of the statutory rape of a fifteen-year-old boy in 1997, although the incident had occurred five years earlier, in 1992.

Two 1997 documents Senator Norris sent to an Israeli court, seeking clemency for his former partner, Ezra Yizhak Nawi emerged during Norris’s bid to be elected president of Ireland in 2011.

The first letter that had been submitted to the Israeli court on behalf of Nawi was written on Seanad notepaper.

Mr Norris had a 10-year relationship with Mr Nawi and they remained close friends after they broke up.

Efforts to contact Senator Norris by the Sunday Independent at his home address and his Leinster House office were unsuccessful.