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Israeli Arab MK Hanin Zoabi speaks to the media at the Supreme Court.

MK Hanin Zoabi was indicted Thursday by the Northern District State Attorney’s Office on charges of “disgracing a public servant.”

The prosecution filed the charge as part of a plea bargain in which the Knesset member agreed to plead guilty as charged.

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In return, the prosecution agreed not to charge the lawmaker with a more serious accusation of incitement to racism or threats.

The prosecution is also expected to seek a suspended prison term; Zoabi, however, is expected to vigorously oppose this and argue for a fine.

The accusation results from a July 6, 2014 incident in which Zoabi sneered at Israeli Arab security personnel. The MK told a mob of demonstrators at a court in Nazareth that Israeli Arabs who work for government security forces “should be scared of us.”

Zoabi called Israeli Arab police officers “traitors.” She told the mob to spit in their faces and made remarks with implied threats towards the officers.

The plea deal worked out with the MK was signed in December by Zoabi and outgoing Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. I have always wondered why this woman was put in an organisation which only offers diplomacy and acts on behalf of all the Israelis, whether Jew or Arab within a country which takes so much bias from all sides. The arabs have had enough chances to become equal politically and have been given all the respect possible but they have crapped all over the parade time and time again and let this be a lesson to all the Israeli politicians not to either trust or offer such a position in the MK ever again – they neither want the peace nor civil laws which could benefit any or all religions within Israel and the responsibility to bring together all those requiring a life without the stresses bias and hostility brings.

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