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Probe to be Launched Against MK Hanin Zoabi?

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Will the State of Israel at last investigate the actions of MK Hanin Zoabi? The decision is up to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan.

But if they give a green light, police have recommended the government take a look into whether MK Hanin Zoabi has crossed the line into criminal incitement with her constant barbs against the State of Israel.

The straw that may have broken the camel’s back, finally, was an interview Zoabi gave – and a follow-up – in the wake of the terrorist kidnapping of three yeshiva boys who were hitchhiking home from Gush Etzion on June 12. Zoabi declared on TLV1 Radio that the kidnappers – discovered by Israeli intelligence to irrefutably to have been members of the Hamas terrorist organization – were “not terrorists.”

Instead, Zoabi declared, “They are not terrorists. I do not agree with you. They see no other way to change their reality and have to restort to these measures until Israel sobers up and feels the suffering of the others.”

In fact, she later added that perhaps it was Israel’s Defense Forces who were the terrorists, and maybe the boys weren’t kidnapped at all. She then accused the Palestinian Authority security forces of “treason” for cooperating with Israel to search for the kidnapped boys.

Knesset members from one end of the political spectrum to the other condemned her remarks with many calling for her dismissal – but Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein pointed out that he has no recourse to do so under Israeli law.

Zoabi has often made remarks — and acted — in ways that are more in line with representing the interests of the Palestinian Authority than those of the State of Israel, in whose parliament she participates.

In 2010 she supported and even participated in an illegal flotilla intended to violate Israel’s legal boundaries and break Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza. That blockade is a defense against terrorist imports of weapons and ammunition that are used in attacks on civilians and IDF soldiers.

She has also been photographed in past years at unauthorized meetings with Hamas officials from Gaza.

The participation of an Israeli parliamentarian whose loyalty is questionable is deeply troubling because as a member of the government, she automatically has access to highly sensitive security information.

Several years ago, her predecessor in the Balad party, former MK Azmi Bishara, fled the country just prior to being charged with treason. Bishara was suspected of receiving large sums of money in exchange for handing over information on sensitive military sites and other security information to the enemy during the 2006 Second Lebanon War. He has since traveled from one enemy Arab nation to the next, broadcasting poisonous lectures against the State of Israel and recruiting terrorists for attacks against the country. For a long time he also managed to also draw a Knesset member’s pension for his time served as a legislator, since he succeeded in fleeing abroad before ever being charged with a crime.

Haneen Zoabi’s Latest: IDF are Terrorists and Abbas is a Collaborator

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

In an interview on Channel 2, Balad MK Haneen Zoabi called the search operation to find the 3 boys kidnapped by Hamas, an act of terror on Israel’s part.

Zoabi claimed perhaps the boys weren’t kidnapped, and Israel is just using this as a pretense to kill Arabs.

She then accused the Palestinian Authority of treason for cooperating with Israel.

There have been calls from other MKs, that Zoabi should be expelled from the Knesset.

There have been calls for Zoabi to be locked up in a mental institution for the criminally insane.

FM Avigdor Liberman said that not only are the kidnappers terrorists, but so is Haneen Zoabi.

Three Notes on the Abduction Crisis

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Three Notes on the Abduction

I. In 1996, a taxi driver tried to kill me following a fare dispute. I stood in front of the car until he returned the money I felt he owed me, and he hit the gas and tried to run me over. I wrote down the taxi licence and licence plate numbers and pledged to file a criminal report the following day.

Wasn’t quite that easy. My day started out at the police station at the Russian Compound in Jerusalem, where I was told I had to go to another precinct near the Mahane Yehuda open market. There, I was shuttled around to three or four individuals, the last of whom sent me back to the Russian Compound. Eventually, an officer finally told me I could not file a report because… I can’t remember his convoluted reasoning that the individual who had tried to kill me had not actually committed a crime. But I remember distinctly the feeling of frustration and helplessness that a useless, uninterested police force had no interest, and no competence, to serve my needs.

Police Chief Yohanan Danino in Talmon: Too many foul-ups

Police Chief Yohanan Danino in Talmon: Too many foul-ups

The story is relevant today in light of the multiple indications that police incompetence – from ignoring an SOS call from Eyal Yiftach to waiting nearly five hours to report the abduction to the IDF – defined the initial hours of the current crisis last Thursday night. Similar stories are commonplace in the Hebrew-language media.

Having passed the lion’s share of the search for Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel to the Shin Bet and IDF, the current should serve as a catalyst to deal with Israel’s essential lack of an effective police force. The Knesset must act, first by firing both Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich and Police Comissioner Yohanan Danino, then by commissioning a parliamentary committee to reform the police from the top down.

Zoabi attacks PM Netanyahu on Knesset floor in 2011

Zoabi attacks PM Netanyahu on Knesset floor in 2011

II. No adjective could adequately describe the depths of MK Hanin Zoabi’s moral depravity. Zoabi’s remarks about the abduction speak for themselves. They are an awful comment about her, and about the Arab society that spawned her.

Zoabi may well be, in the words of Likud MK Miri Regev, a traitor. There may well be justification to disqualify her from future Knesset elections (such as her participation in the 2010 Mavi Marmarra flotilla).

But her moral support for the kidnappers is not illegal or seditious. It is important to recall that there is no need for the state to protect agreeable, non-controversial speech. Freedom of speech is meant to protect objectionable comments from legal censure, based on the notion that ultimately truth will conquer untruth

This is particularly relevant in light of calls from right-wing individuals such as Coalition Chairman Yariv Levin (Likud), who has asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to investigate Zoabi for “incitement to terror,” and Regev again, who said Zoabi should “be expelled to Gaza and her immunity stripped from her.” But right-wing and religious politicians would be wise to consider that the slope to censor objectionable views is a slippery one, one that could easily end in criminal charges for individuals who oppose prisoner releases or territorial withdrawals.

III. Five days after the abduction, one is left with a sinking feeling that Israelis officials’ repeated assertion that Hamas is behind the attack is little more than the automated response of an individual who was caught off guard and who has been provided with no concrete intelligence about the incident.

There are many reasons to question Hamas’ involvement with the current crisis. Primarily, the theft of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel bears none of the telltale signs of a Hamas operation: Hamas normally exploits its victories over Israel. This time, however, the organization has denied involvement. Hamas kidnappings are typically followed with a video of the hostage, who is then forced to read a list of demands. Five-and-a-half days after the current incident, there has been no sign of life from the victims, no credible claim of responsibility, no demands issued.

All of which leaves a stark question: If not Hamas, then who? Security agencies have warned for years that global jihad groups have quietly set their sights on the Palestinian issue, while maintaining a low, non-violent profile in Judea and Samaria. In a background conversation earlier this week, one security official said jihadi groups “that will make Hamas look moderate” have been putting down roots amongst Palestinians both in Judea and Samaria and Israeli Arab communities, biding their time for the right moment to draw the Israel-Palestinian issue into the global jihad.

The consequences of that possibility are far from clear. To the left, the emergence of al-Qaeda or other radical Sunni groups in Judea and Samaria (or in Arab Israeli cities) could well mean the end of the land-for-peace illusion, for the simple reason that there will truly be no one on the other side to even contemplate the notion of negotiating with Jews.

For the rest of Israel, the current situation could also have far-reaching consequences: Israel’s largest military incursion into Palestinian cities in Judea and Samaria in years has put Hamas well-and-truly on the run. As of yet, the kidnapping story has yet to have made major headlines outside Israel. Same for the retaliatory smash of Hamas infrastructure in Hebron, Jenin and elsewhere.

With Gods help, the current manhunt will lead Israeli troops to the hostages quickly, and they will return to their families healthy and sound. But the current crisis affords Israel another opportunity to decimate Hamas once-and-for-all, regardless of whether or not that organization was involved with the kidnapping of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel. That is an essential, and possible, secondary goal for the current mission.

Opposition MK Slams Zoabi, Condemns Terror Support

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Opposition leader and Labor party chairman Isaac Herzog expressed strong support for unity in the nation against terrorists Wednesday and condemned public support by Israeli Arab MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) for those who last week kidnapped three Israeli teens.

Zoabi said in an interview Tuesday morning on Radio Tel Aviv the kidnappers “don’t see any way to change their reality and are forced to use these means until Israel will wake up a little, until Israeli citizens and society will wake up and feel the suffering of the other.”

Herzog sent a letter to Zoabi, writing, “As the search for the boys reached a climax you chose to make obscene statements which showed support for the act of kidnapping. As leader of the opposition and chairman of the Labor party I regard your comments as gravely unacceptable – and wholly condemn them.”

Death Threats for Israeli Arab Teen Who Supports Terror Kidnap Victims

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

A young Israeli Arab has received death threats because he stepped up to express his sympathy and support for his teenage peers who were kidnapped by Arab terrorists last Thursday evening.

The three teenagers — including two 16 year olds, one who is an American citizen, and a 19 year old — were were abducted while hitchhiking home for the Sabbath from Gush Etzion in Judea, where they learn in the renowned Mekor Chaim Yeshiva in Kfar Eztion.

According to a post on Facebook by ‘The Muqata,’ 17-year-old Mohammed Zoabi has received death threats for his stand against terrorism. The cousin of an Israeli Arab Knesset member, young Zoabi sent a letter – which was posted by The Muqata – to let his friends know that he has decided to “keep a low profile” for a while, due to fears for his life.

“Dear friends,

Recently, I have been receiving a large amount of death and violence threats only for showing sympathy with the 3 innocent Israeli teens that were kidnapped in Judea and Samaria by terrorists. Because of that I have decided meanwhile to keep a low profile. I just felt that I have to inform you all that I’m ok, and il (sic) be ok. And I will continue to speak up for what is right, as long as I’m not hurting innocent people. I’m safe and I will be safe, especially in a great country like Israel. Am Yisrael Chai

Mohammad Zoabi”

The saddest commentary on all this is the fact that the young man’s cousin, MK Hanin Zoabi, ” referred to her young  cousin earlier in the day as a “poor fool” and called him a stooge for the same Israeli government in which she herself participates as a legislator.

“He’s a confused, uninformed kid who always feels the need to apologize to his strong [Israeli] masters,” she said. The legislator herself has said she is not at all surprised by the terrorist attack, which she told an Israeli radio interviewer on Tuesday morning was due to “the occupation.”

MK Zoabi: Kidnappers Not Terrorists

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

 MK Hanin Zoabi told Radio Tel Aviv this morning that the kidnappers of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel should not be considered terrorists.

“Terrorists? No. Even if I don’t agree with their actions, I don’t think the kidnappers should be considered terrorists,” Zoabi said during an interview with Sharon Gal on the stations morning drive radio program. “I’m not surprised at all [about the kidnapping]. People are living under occupation. Their lives are not normal.”

Zoabi also called  her teenage cousin, 17-year-old Mohammed Zoabi  a “poor fool” and indicated that he is a stooge for the Israeli government because he appreciates his rights as a citizen in a democratic country. “He’s a a confused, uninformed kid who always feels the need to apologies to his strong [Israeli] masters,” the Knesset members said.

17-year-old Mohammed Zoabi. "Fool" for enjoying equal rights

17-year-old Mohammed Zoabi. “Fool” for enjoying equal rights

The younger Zoabi’s YouTube video statement of support for the hostages has garnered thousands of views, as well as threats from his family.

In response to the interview, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman attacked MK Zoabi, saying the Israeli citizen who openly supports Hamas and Hezbollah should face the same punishment as the individuals responsible for abducting the yeshiva students.

According to a report on the 0404 website, Liberman called Zoabi a “terrorist’ and added that, having encouraged and supported terrorism, her punishment should be the same.

Several weeks ago, the website reported that Zoabi called a group of Jewish Israeli teenagers “murderers” and said that killing soldiers in order to obtain a higher goal is the right thing to do.

New Christian Israeli-Arab Party Fed Up with Anti-Zionist Arabs

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

An Arab-Israeli ship captain announced he is founding a Christian-Arab political party that will recognize Israel as a Jewish state and will promote civilian national service.

Bashara Shlayan’s party will be called Bnei Brit HaHadasha, a Hebrew term that can be translated as “new allies” and also “children of the New Testament.” The party is sponsored by Christians from northern Israel and he plans on running a party list in the next Knesset elections, which can take place anywhere up to four years from today.

Approximately 10 percent of Israel’s Arab citizens are Christian, which comes out to approximately 2 percent of Israel’s population.

Fed up with Israeli’s Muslim Arab Knesset Members, most of whom frequently preach hate and incitement against Israel, Shlayan said, “You need to be like any citizen. If you were in America, you wouldn’t be an American? At least in Israel, those who stayed here have been given the right to be a citizen and to integrate. But Israel’s first demand, which I support — and which needs to be understood — is that Israel is the home of the Jewish people.”

“We saw that we have to establish a political party, so we advertised in local Arab newspapers and the initiative took off [attracting] Christians who recognize that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews,” Shlayan said. He explained that the Muslim Arab parties in Israel have an agenda that does not benefit Christians.

He told the Israel HaYom newspaper that he was promoted to form his party after he ran into difficulties in helping his son and nephew enlisting in the IDF. His nephew now is in a combat unit.

Shlayan and supporters have established a pro-enlistment forum that he said has boosted the number of Christian Arab youth who have joined the army, to the extent that the IDF has appointed a coordinator for the Christian Arab sector.

“We… invited the priests of the church to a conference we held in Nazareth Illit. One of them is the patriarch of the Church, Father Gabriel Nadaf, who has drawn the ire of Arab Knesset members after encouraging Christian Arab youth to join the Israeli army. The priest supported us,” Shlayan added.

Nadaf was excommunicated by the Orthodox Church Council after he urged Christian youth to serve in the IDF or in civilian national service.

“The current Israeli Arab leaders think being against Israel is Arab nationalism, and if you object to this way of thinking, you are a traitor. This is what needs to be changed. It is utter stupidity. Therefore, we demand that we Christians be recognized as loyal citizens of the state of Israel.”

Shlayan has lamented harassment from Muslim Arabs in Nazareth who he charged with trying to push Christian Arabs out of the city.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/new-christian-israeli-arab-party-fed-up-with-anti-zionist-arabs/2013/07/10/

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