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August 29, 2016 / 25 Av, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Zehava Gal’on’

MK Zoabi Curses Out IDF Soldiers Until MK Hazan Stops Her, Much Brouhaha Follows [video]

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

MKs Hanin Zoabi (Joint Arab List) and Zehava Galon (Meretz) were removed from the Knesset on Wednesday after a storm that erupted in response to vile allegations made by Zoabi as part of the daily agenda proposals. The Arab MK spoke in response to the rapprochement agreement between Israel and Turkey, but her language was so rude and offensive, MK Oren Hazan (Likud) felt obligated to interrupt her, at which point the rest of the House started to pay attention, and crowded the podium demanding that the offending MK be removed from the plenum. When MK Galon asked the Deputy Speaker, Hamad Amar (Yisrael Beiteinu), why he’s not removing Hazan as well, the Deputy Speaker removed her from the plenum.

MK Zoabi began her statement saying, “I stood here six years ago. Remember the incitement, the hatred and the noise back then? And where have we arrived? An apology and reparations to the families of those who were once called terrorists. They, who confronted the soldiers, were trying to prevent an act of piracy of the Shayetet (Naval special forces) that probably was looking to kidnap and murder.”

At which point Hazan called out, “You’re talking about the soldiers? You should be named Captain Hook. You are a pirate, supporting terrorism, rukhi (Arabic for go away) to Gaza.”

MK Amar, a Druze who served in the IDF from 1982 to 1986 (he also holds a fifth degree black belt in Martial Arts) told the plenum that Zoabi wished to apologize. But when she received the floor she demanded an apology on behalf of “all the political activists who were on the [Turkish boat Mavi] Marmara, and an apology to MK Hanin Zoabi whom you attacked and persecuted for six years. All of you need to apologize, all the MKs in this building.”

Hazan continued to cut her off, calling her, “Traitor, you are the national inciter, go to Gaza.” He then turned to Amar, saying, “There’s a limit to everything, take her off the podium.”

“He who committed the murder must apologize. You need to apologize,” Zoabi persisted. But at that point the plenum had erupted in a storm, with many MKs. crowding the podium and demanding that Zoabi be removed. Finally, Amar ordered her removed saying that she “lied” when she told him she wished to apologize.” Which is when MK Galon stood up to inquire how come Hazan, who also interrupted the proceedings, had not been removed — so she was removed, too. Then MK Mickey Levy (Yesh Atid) was removed for yelling “Traitors” at the Balad party MKs (Balad is one of the four factions in the Joint Arab List).

By now the Knesset resembled one of those eastern European or Asian parliaments, where the members take to fisticuffs when words would no longer do. Hazan was thrown out, several Arab MKs followed, the speaker, who had long since lost all hope of controlling the proceedings just kept on yelling at everyone in his field of vision. It was a brawl, but without actual violence, only the Knesset ushers were busy gently manhandling the MKs so they won’t hurt one another.

Outside the plenum, Zoabi told reporters: “Israel did not disengage from Gaza, Israel disengaged Gaza from the world and from life. I demand an apology, and I want reparations, which I will donate to the children of Gaza, and to the next flotillas.”

The entire afternoon was a kind of Déjà vu: on May 31, 2010, Zoabi participated in the Gaza flotilla, and was on board the Mavi Marmara when violence broke out as Israeli commandos were attacked with metal rods, knives, broken bottles and the kitchen sink as they were trying to board and take over the ship. Zoabi was arrested. At a later news conference, Zoabi called the raid criminal, saying she had witnessed two wounded passengers bleed to death after the Israelis refused to provide medical aid. She also stated, “It was clear from the size of the force that boarded the ship that the purpose was not only to stop this sail, but to cause the largest possible number of fatalities in order to stop such initiatives in the future.”

That was a blatant lie, as could be seen in the videos taken during the event, showing the IDF soldiers coming down a rope from a chopper, to be showered with punches, blows and cuts. There were easier ways to cause fatalities, if that were on the IDF’s mind.

In a speech at the Knesset one day after her release, MK Zoabi called the raid a “pirate military operation” and demanded an international investigation. She also demanded to know why the Israeli government had not released photos and videos it confiscated from passengers that might shed light on why nine passengers were killed and dozens wounded. During her address she also said, “Israel spoke of a provocation, but there was no provocation. Why does the government of Israel oppose an investigation?”

Of course, the videos that were released showed ample provocation and then some.

Zoabi was repeatedly interrupted and shouted down during that initial speech in 2010 by other lawmakers, one of whom shouted “Go to Gaza, traitor!” The chaos reached a peak when MK Anastasia Michaeli (Yisrael Beiteinu) charged the podium in an attempt to prevent Zoabi from continuing.

David Israel

MKs, Australia, Challenging Israel on ‘Prisoner X,’ Black Prisons

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

An inquiry has now been ordered into the way Australian diplomats handled the imprisonment of Ben Zygier-Alon, “Prisoner X,” in Israel, Australian media report (Foreign Media: Ex-Mossad Agent Committed Suicide in Israeli Prison). Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr has ordered the review after learning that an Australian diplomat in Tel Aviv had been told by Israeli authorities about the jailing of Zygier-Alon in 2010.

But said diplomat chose not to pass the information on through appropriate channels.

“Prisoner X” was found dead in his isolated, high-security cell in late 2010.



Australia’s Foreign Minister had said earlier that his office not aware of the man’s suicide under false identity until his parents asked for help in bringing his body back to Australia. He was buried in a Jewish cemetery in Melbourne.

An ABC report said Zygier had been living in Israel for about 10 years before his arrest in early 2010 and was married with two children. At some point he was recruited by Mossad.

It was not clear why he was arrested in 2010, but he was taken to Ayalon Prison in Ramla. There he was held in isolation until his suicide in December 2010.

A heated debate took place on Tuesday in the Knesset during the speech of Justice Minister Yaakov Ne’eman, over the story of an attempt by the Prime Minister’s office to clamp down on publication of a story that exposed Israel as running a “black prison” type operation where at least one prisoner disappeared only to reappear after committing suicide in his cell.

“It was published today that an inmate with an Australian citizenship has committed suicide in one of Israel’s prisons under a fake identity,” the Arab Ra’am-Ta’al party MK Ahmed Tibi inquired of the Minister. “He was registered under an identity other than his own. Do you know about the case? Do you confirm the fact that an Australian citizen committed suicide in prison, under a false identity, and without publicity for the fact that he was a prisoner and detained in a prison in the state of Israel?”

Meretz Chairman MK Zahava Gal’on also posed an inquiry to Ne’eman: “Mr. Minister, I want to hear your view about the fact that journalists volunteer to censor information at the request of the authorities. Does it appear proper to you that the prime minister’s office would assemble the Editors’ Committee to prevent publication of an episode that could embarrass Israel?”

The Editors’ Committee is an informal forum of the editors and owners of the main Israeli media. It meets regularly with the prime minister, cabinet members and senior officials, for “background” information. In past years, the committee championed the self-censorship of the Israeli media, with the understanding that the information reported to the committee would not be published, even after it appeared in another source.

Obviously, any attempt to repress information in the age of the Internet is both delusional and makes the PM’s office and the Editors’ Committee look like a relic from a 1960s spy novel.

Gal’on continued: “Is it permissible to conduct clandestine arrests in Israel in the name of security needs?”

Gal’on reminded the minister that she was the one who revealed the existence of interrogation facility in Camp 1391, Israel’s secret Guantanamo Bay. The Guardian described it, in 2003: “Facility 1391 has been airbrushed from Israeli aerial photographs and purged from modern maps. Where once a police station was marked there is now a blank space. Sometimes even the road leading to it has been erased. But Israel’s secret prison, inside an army intelligence base close to the main road between Hadera and Afula in northern Israel, is real enough.”

At the time, MK Ga’on appealed to Israel’s Supreme Court, which ruled unequivocally, as she put it Tuesday: “that you cannot keep people in secret detention and that this will not happen again in Israel.” Then she continued: “And now we hear that in a country that claims to be a proper democracy, journalists are collaborating with the government without a directive from the High Court that there is clear and imminent danger to state security, that hidden prisoners commit suicide and no one knows about their existence.”

Yori Yanover

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