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Arab MK Writes Op-Ed in US Outlet: Israelis Not Entitled to Self-Defense

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Haneen Zoabi is an Israeli Arab member of the Knesset who is frequently in the news for verbally attacking the Jewish State or for actions against Israel, such as participating in the anti-Israel Gaza Flotilla in 2010.

Zoabi also praised the Palestinian Arabs who kidnapped and murdered the three Israeli boys during the summer of 2014, called for a violent uprising against Israel, and has spit in the face of Arab Israeli police officers for being “traitors.”

Zoabi, 47, recently again showed her loyalty to those who murder Israelis by making a condolence call, with several other Arab MKs, on the families of terrorists who murdered Israelis, including one American Israeli, Richard Lakin.

Zoabi and her colleagues told the families of the terrorists that they would help to get the bodies of the terrorists released from Israeli authorities. They referred to the terrorists as “martyrs.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was infuriated by the visit, as were many knesset members across several different parties.

“MKs going to console families of terrorists who murdered Israelis are not worthy of serving in the Knesset,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

The Zionist Union party issued a statement criticizing the meeting, saying that the visit with the families of terrorists by Arab MKS “encourages more terrorism and killing of innocents.”

Zoabi and her two Arab Israeli knesset member compatriots were suspended for several months. They will be barred from attending the Knesset plenum, but will still be able to vote both in the Knesset and in committees.

Zoabi was just given an American media platform from which to respond to the criticism leveled against her.

Newsweek magazine ran an op-ed by Zoabi on Feb 14. Zoabi rejected construing Israel’s violence towards Palestinian Arabs as self-defense. The legislator went so far as to say that Israel, because it is an “occupying power,” is not entitled to self-defense.

She wrote:

‘Self-defense’ is the expression the Israelis use in order to justify any extra-judiciary executions as well as their control over others’ lives. However, there can be no justification for killing, nor for oppression. The occupier does not have the right to self-defense. We, the occupied, have the full and only right to fight it, by all means recognized within the framework of international law and supported by the international community.

Zoabi, while rejecting Israel’s right to defend itself, nonetheless claimed that the terrorists, killed by Israeli authorities while committing terrorist acts, are just as much victims as are the innocent Israelis whom the terrorists maimed and killed.

She also argued that her suspension was evidence of what she claims is an increasingly undemocratic Israel, as well as of Israel’s blatant hostility towards Palestinian Arabs, whom she refers to as the indigenous people of the region.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Knesset Arabs in Split Over Condemnation of Be’er Sheva Attack

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

(JNi.media) There’s a rupture in the Knesset Joint Arab List, as members of the National Democratic Assembly (Balad) group within the faction objected to the wording of the faction’s official condemnation of last Sunday’s terrorist attack in the Beer Sheva central bus station, because, as they put it, it’s inappropriate to condemn the victim, the newspaper Kul al-Arab reported Tuesday. As a result, the NDA MKs—Jamal Zahalka, Hanin Zoabi and Basel Ghattas—did not participate in drafting the statement of condemnation.

Despite the NDA’s opposition, the Joint List published a statement condemning the attack. Israel Radio noted that the NDA members have been boycotting the Knesset faction’s meetings because of their opposition to the appointment of Masud Ganaim as faction leader. The NDA want their own Basel Ghattas to receive the appointment by rotation.

Meanwhile, the Netanyahu government has been going about declaring the International Muslim Brothers illegal in Israel, after it has been discovered that they are the main funding source for the northern branch of the Islamic movement, which is in the process of being declared illegal.

At the Monday cabinet meeting, Shin Bet representatives presented information showing that the father of the terrorist who carried out the attack in Be’er Sheva the day before is active in the Islamic Movement. Netanyahu intends dry the Islamists’ financial resources, and later declare them illegal.

Meanwhile, Interior Ministry’s findings suggest that many of the perpetrators of recent attacks who carry blue, Israeli identity cards, were able to live in Israel as a result family reunification, a kind of olive-branch project heralded by many Israeli governments as an example of their wish for peace. This might change in light of the evidence.

JNi.Media

Netanyahu: Arab Terrorists Have not Learned They Cannot Destroy Israel

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned the Israeli Arab sector Monday that their leaders who are inciting terror and murder will be investigated for criminal violations.

He singled out Arab Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi and the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, headed by Sheikh Raed Salah.

As he spoke, more terrorists struck and left Israelis wounded, one of them a teenager barely hanging on this life.

His speech was aimed not only at the Knesset but also at the entire country, whose citizens from border to border are under immediate threat of “lone terrorists,” most of them teenagers or in their 20s.

Netanyahu said that Arabs still have not learned they cannot annihilate Israel and called on Arab leaders to stop all incitement and decide if they want co-existence or a religious war.

He pointed out that the lies from the Palestinian Authority and the entire world that Jews have no connection with the Temple Mount and are trying to destroy Arab mosques are not new but will not live.

Prime Minister Netanyahu added:

We have no fight with Islam, but the attempt to ignite a religious war is based on a lie and is dangerous incitement that has cost lives.

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority do educate for peace but incite anti-Semitism. Abbas must stop the incitement and must condemn terror attacks just as I have condemned attacks on Arabs,

We are a country ruled by law, and we will not allow anyone to break the law.

He said that legal procedures are being completed to declare the Islamic Movement an illegal organization.

The Prime Minister then turned his attention to MK Haneen Zoabi and told the Knesset that after Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin were murdered in front of their children:

A member of this house [Knesset] said, ‘The Henkin couple are settlers and you cannot refer to them as innocent citizens.’

What does that mean?

That is permitted to kill them and to kill others?

Zoabi did not restrict herself to settlers. She justified terror and said that ‘individua actions are not enough and that what is needed is an entire Intifada.’

Prime Minister Netanyahu called her remarks “unbelievable” and that when an MK calls for terrorist attacks against civilians of the country, nothing is needed more than a criminal investigation.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Arab MK Zoabi Who Swore Allegiance to Jewish State: I Don’t Take Orders from Israel

Friday, October 9th, 2015

(JNi.media) MK Haneen Zoabi, serving in Israel’s Knesset since 2009, on Thursday told Gulf News: “We do not receive orders from Netanyahu and Israel.” This was in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s barring of cabinet ministers and lawmakers from visiting the Temple Mount, fearing that high-profile visitors, Jewish or Arab, would further inflame tensions in the already high strung Jerusalem.

Zoabi, who’s been presenting herself as a Palestinian member of Israel’s parliament—although she is a registered Israeli citizen, also told Gulf News Netanyahu’s order was “a mere hysteric reaction,” and declared: “We challenge this ban order. Let them try us. We will regularly and increasingly visit Al Haram Al Sharif (the Arab name for the Temple Mount) to protect it. We do not receive orders from Netanyahu and Israel. Our relationship with occupied East Jerusalem and Al Haram Al Sharif does not pass through Israel and Netanyahu does not have anything to do with it.”

The problem is, MK Zoabi is beholden to both Netanyahu and Israel, in accordance with the 1958 Knesset Laws: “A Knesset member shall make a declaration of allegiance; the declaration shall read as follows: ‘I pledge myself to bear allegiance to the State of Israel and faithfully to discharge my mandate in the Knesset.’ Where the Chairman of the Knesset has called upon a member of the Knesset to make his declaration of allegiance and the member has not done so, the member shall not enjoy the rights of a member of the Knesset so long as he has not made the declaration.”

Amendment 22 states: “Has the Knesset member been the holder of an additional non-Israeli citizenship, and the laws of the country whose citizenship he holds permit his release from such citizenship, he shall not declare allegiance until after he has done everything required on his part to be released from such citizenship, and he shall not enjoy the rights of a Knesset member until he makes his declaration.”

Since MK Zoabi has pledged her allegiance to the State of Israel, and has submitted herself to faithfully to discharge her mandate in the Knesset, which includes following the directives of the prime minister, her recent statement to the contrary is questionable at best. She also may not by law officially refer to herself as Palestinian, since “Palestinian” suggests having a dual citizenship, which would disqualify her from serving as an MK.

On Friday morning, MK Zoabi told News 10 TV that she and fellow Arab lawmakers are not seeking calm. “I do not want peace in the shadow of occupation, I want to fight,” she declared, explaining that when it comes to Israelis, “what does not work for the brain, may work through force.”

“The Palestinians in Israel want to prevent [Jewish] rioters from entering Al-Aqsa,” Zoabi insisted, adding a cultural observation: “We are for freedom of worship, but those for whom entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque is natural are only Muslims.”

Haneen Zoabi used to be a poster child for Israeli-Arab co-existence, born in Nazareth to a political Muslim family (two of her relatives were MKs, one a deputy minister). Zoabi earned a BA in philosophy and psychology at Haifa University, and an MA in communications from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She was the first Israeli Arab citizen to graduate in media studies, and helped establish media classes in Arab schools. She started her career as a math teacher, graduating quickly to school inspector for the Israeli Ministry of Education.

JNi.Media

Arab Riots Spread to Northern Israel

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Arab riots in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria have spread to the Galilee in northern Israel and to the Arab city of Taibeh near Netanyahu. In Nazareth, home city of anti-Zionist Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi, Arab crowds shouted anti-Israeli slogans in a protest against Israeli security forces’ response to terror.

Rioters in Taibeh, near Netanya, burned tires on a major highway and forced part of it to be closed,

Arab violence also spread to the highway linking Pisgat Ze’ev, in northern Jerusalem, with the French Hill intersection. Magen David Adom reported that medics treated a 35-year-old man for wounds caused by glass splinters in his back after rock-throwers smashed a window in his vehicle.

He was evacuated to Shaarei Tzedek Hospital for treatment, along with three others who suffered shock.

Palestinian Authority media reported that two people were killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers, including a young teenager in the area of Bethlehem in an incident that the IDF has not confirmed.

The Arab Red Crescent medical organization claimed that nearly 500 people were wound by soldiers, and Radio Palestine reported that 36 Arabs were hit with live fire and 136 by rubber bullets.

They also said that the IDF has closed a village east of Hebron because of wide-scale rioting.

Rock-throwing was reported on Highway 60, south of Kiryat Arba-Hebron, where dozens of buses are taking people Monday night for the “traditional “Hakafot” that are staged throughout the country, primarily for secular Jews who want to dance with the Torah but do not attend synagogue on the day of the holiday that ended this evening.

On Sunday, before the Shemini Azeret-Simchat Torah holiday began, combat soldiers from the Shimshon unit caught two terrorists who were hurling rocks at drivers near the Gush Etzion-Jerusalem tunnels.

In Samaria, terrorists threw an explosive device at a Jewish motorist, but no injuries were reported.

Egoz and Rotem combat soldiers operating near Shechem uncovered a cache of weapons, including two guns or rifles, 10 cartridges, five knives and assorted ammunition,

In Jerusalem, the Light Rail was closed between Pisgat Ze’ev and Shuafat because of rock-throwing, which damaged a train.

Only five soldiers have been wounded, all of them lightly, in the past three days of rioting.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Zoabi Fined a Whopping $130 for Insulting Public Official

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

 

Pro-Hamas Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi got a slap on the end of fingertip by being fined $130 (500 shekels) in a plea bargain for “insulting a public servant.”

Original charges of incitement were dropped against Zoabi, whose parliamentary immunity has saved her from being charged with incitement almost every time she opens her mouth in the Knesset, with the questionable exception of when she yawns.

Zoabi called Arab policemen “traitors” last year when they arrested Arabs for disturbing the peace during a hearing on the remand of Arab demonstrators following the brutal murder of Mohammed abu-Khdeir in Jerusalem.

Zoabi’s lawyers reached an agreement with state prosecutors, whereby she wrote an apology for her remarks while denying that she incited.

She said that alleged “harsh detentions” and attempts to bar her from running in the Knees caused her “emotional agitation,” which seems to be her normal state.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Marzel: Let Zoabi Speak; the Left Tries to Stifle Free Speech, Not Me

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

In a wide-ranging interview with JewishPress.com, Yachad candidate Baruch Marzel revealed several surprising facts. Most significant was that there is more to this candidate than the “extremist” label which, according to most of the media, constitutes his entire bio. For example, Marzel is a stalwart defender of free speech: he thinks Arab Knesset member Haneen Zoabi should be able to say whatever she wants. He is opposed to enforcing religious observance; and more than a third of his supporters don’t even cover their heads.

Marzel is number four on the list of the new Yachad party. When this party was formed earlier this year, Marzel replaced popular right wing politician Dr. Michael Ben-Ari, for whom Marzel served as parliamentary assistant for several years. Yachad is the combination of the National Religious, Haredi and Traditional factions of Orthodox Jews.

Yachad’s polling numbers have been hovering just around the level needed to have a seat in the Knesset, but in a coalition government, every party that makes it above the threshold has the potential to become a power-broker.

JewishPress.com was particularly interested in learning whether Marzel is, as widely and conclusively described, a two-dimensional religious fanatic who hates everyone else, and whether the Yachad party has anything to offer to someone who doesn’t wear a black hat (or isn’t married to a wearer of same)? We learned the answers to those two questions are no and yes, respectively.

RELIGION AND STATE

First, the religious question: under a Marzel regime, would anyone but observant Jews be welcome in Israel? The answer to that was a quizzically delivered yes. First big surprise: “about thirty to forty percent of my supporters don’t even wear a kippah,” says this Boston-born Jew with a full reddish-turning grey beard.

What he says he wants “is to fulfill the 2000 year old dream of building a Jewish state.” But he does not believe in enforcing religion — that, he says, misfires. The example he gave was the legislation introduced during the last Knesset requiring the charedim to register for the IDF draft. “The result is that there are fewer charedim in the army now that it is mandatory.” The same, he says, would be true if you enforce religion, the opposite will happen.”

What Yachad opposes is enforcing religious observance on Jews. What it favors is having the Jewish State enforce rules that will allow all Jews to observe Shabbat. And, he pointed out, “we have to show the people how nice Shabbat is, if they really try it, wow! It’s special.”

ECONOMICS

Surprisingly, this led to a discussion of economics. The explanation Marzel gave for supporting government-required commercial enterprise to be closed on Shabbat is that, “otherwise it is the poor people who suffer.” Why? “Because the rich owners of businesses can stay home if they want on Shabbat, they don’t have to work,” but it is always the poorest who will be forced to work on Shabbat — they will be forced to break Shabbat in order to survive.

“Socialism is bad, capitalism is bad,” Marzel responds to a question about what kind of market system the Jewish state should have.  “But we have Judaism, that is the system. I’m not against having a successful market, but you can never, never, never forget the poor Jew. A leader who does not see the poor cannot be a leader.”

EDUCATION

What about the educational system? During the last knesset the Yesh Atid party, in particular, focused on requiring charedi schools to include more secular subjects. Marzel and Yachad, however, see the problem quite differently.

“I’m not against learning math,” Marzel explained, but what he finds disastrous is that, in his view, most Israelis complete 12 years of study without knowing anything about their Jewish history, their culture. “First you have to know who you are, where you came from and where you have to go,” he said.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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