Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel / Flash 90
(L-R) Israeli Arab MKs Basel Ghattas, Hanin Zoabi and Jamal Zahalka.

Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi received a suspended sentence of six months’ imprisonment Sunday morning and a fine of NIS 3,000, plus three years of probation.

The slap on the wrist was handed down after the Joint Arab List MK signed a plea bargain agreement with outgoing Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein last December.


Zoabi was convicted on a charge of causing disgrace to a public servant, instead of being charged with racism and incitement to violence.

The indictment and conviction followed an July 2014 incident in which Zoabi was verbally whipping up a mob of Israeli Arabs outside a court house in Nazareth. She was encouraging the mob to spit in the faces of Israeli Arab police officers who were securing the site, taunting them, calling them “traitors” and telling the crowd “they should be scared of us.”


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. She should be EXPELLED not incarcerated! She will miss her MK's salary, her home comforts. She wouldn't be nearly as comfortable, nor arrogant, if living in another Arab country- unless they could use her to stir the pot of hatred against Israel. Judgement is coming to all of us!

  2. I think that all you righteously indignant people are missing the point. Who in the world remembers what she does or says? But the fact that in the whole of the Middle East there is one country that tolerates her and allows her shenanigans is of more value to Israel than the harm you believe she does.

  3. Nah, put her on a pedestal. Parade her around. Show her to the rest of the world as often as you can.

    Zoabi is all the proof you need to demonstrate the anti-Jewish attitude of the European press. No other country would tolerate these kinds of shenanigans from a member of parliament. Only the most including, most democratic state, not only in the region, but basically in the world.

    The insanity of it all is that the two best countries in the world for an Arab to live in is Israel and USA.

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