Mithal Jamal al-Alusi was born in May 23rd 1954 in a small village near Haditha called Alus in Iraq’s al-Anbar province. He is a well-known Iraqi politician. He gained a seat in Iraqi Parliament in 2005 as an independent member and for the second time in 2014 as a member of the Civil Democratic Alliance.
Mithal is from a well-known Sunni family. His father was an academic in Baghdad University. Mithal moved to Cairo in order to continue his education. In 1976 he was sentenced to death in absentia in Baghdad for trying to overthrow former Iraqi dictator Saddam Husain. After this sentence, he immigrated to Germany and received German citizenship. In 2002, he was sentenced to three years in prison for occupying Iraq’s embassy in Berlin and taking hostages. Alusi ultimately returned to Iraq and restarted his political life in Iraq in 2003 as part of the US-funded Iraqi National Congress.
Trip to Israel
In 2004 al-Alusi had a public trip to Israel. He was consequently expelled from the Iraqi National Congress after being indicted by the Iraqi Central Criminal Court for his links to an enemy state under a 1969-approved law. However, on November 24, 2008, the Iraqi Federal Supreme Court ruled in his favor and he was released, after which he declared that traveling to Israel was no longer a crime and that Iraqis could travel wherever they wanted.
American Jewish Committee Award
On February 8, 2005, his car was attacked in Baghdad’s Hay al-Jame’a neighborhood, killing his two sons, Ayman, 29, and Jamal, 24, along with one of his bodyguards. The American Jewish Committee awarded him the Moral Courage Award following the attack.
Second Trip to Israel
In September 2008, he returned to Israel and spoke at a conference organized by the IDC, a private college in Herzellia, on counterterrorism. In his speech, Alusi praised the Zionist ethnostate, saying that Israel is not an occupation, but an example of “liberalism”, and then called for the transfer of information and communications between Iraq, Israel, the United States, Jordan, Turkey and Kuwait.
AJC’s Jan Karski Award
On June 2, 2019, Alusi received the Jan Karski Award from the American Jewish Committee (AJC) for his “outstanding efforts in support of Jews”.
Erbil Normalization Conference
Alusi spoke about the so-called pro-Israel “peace conference” that took place in Erbil, Iraq on August 24, 2021:
I am happy to live these positive developments, and since my first trip to Israel, I know the size of the great popular support for an Iraqi state that is tired of wars and ruminants about Iraq paying the most expensive prices because of it.”
“Peace is not a political luxury, but rather an Iraqi need related to the existence of Iraq or not, and therefore most of the Sunni and Shiite political leaders in the Green Zone sent messages of affection through a third party or made visits to Israel, but in public their speeches are something else.”
An arrest warrant was issued for speaking at the conference. Alusi, however, later claimed that he had not attended the conference at all. He had traveled to Germany for surgery at the time of his sentence.
Normalization between Iraq and Israel
He is one of the main advocacy agents for “the normalization of relations with Israel” and has had extensive activities in this regard. After the UAE’s “normalization” of ties with Israel in 2020, he commented:
“Iraq needs to get out of the camp of wars, extremism and delusions, and it needs to build stable relations with all countries of the world.”
“For this, Iraq needs a peace agreement with Israel, similar to the Emirates”.
In addition, he is one of the main people who work in this field in cyberspace and has a wide relationship with other Israeli agents focused in Iraq, such as Linda Minuhin, etc.