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Arab-Israeli MK Haneen Zoabi: Kidnappers Are ‘Not Terrorists’

June 17, 2014 3:17 pm 8 comments

Arab-Israeli MK Haneen Zoabi. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

JNS.orgArab-Israeli MK Haneen Zoabi said in a radio interview on Tuesday that the people who kidnapped the three Israeli teens last week are “not terrorists.”

“They are people that cannot see any way to change their reality, and they are forced to use these means until Israeli society wises up a bit and sees and feels the suffering of the other,” Haneen Zoabi said in a interview on Tuesday morning with Radio Tel Aviv.

Zoabi, who is a member of the Arab nationalist party Balad, has had a controversial political career. She has been an outspoken opponent of Israel and participated in the 2010 Gaza flotilla.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Facebook slammed Zoabi for her remarks, calling her the terrorist.

“Not only are the kidnappers terrorists; Hanin Zoabi is a terrorist,” Liberman said.

“The fate of the kidnappers and the fate of the inciter who encourages kidnapping Hanin Zoabi should be the same,” Liberman added.

Meanwhile, Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat said she plans to call on Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to investigate Zoabi’s remarks and whether they violate Israel’s laws on inciting terrorism.

“Zoabi is not worthy to serve as an MK in Israel and she should be put on trial,” Livnat said, the Jerusalem Post reported.

On Monday, Zoabi also harshly criticized her relative, 17-year-old Mohammed Zoabi, who posted a YouTube video condemning the kidnappers and calling for them to release the Israeli teens.

“I am happy to see that Israeli hasbara [public diplomacy] is in such a dire state that it needs a stupid boy with a twisted identity who feels a continuous need to apologize to his strong masters,” Haneen Zoabi told Ynet News.

8 Comments

  • Gwendoline Kery

    The powerful well paid liberal spies controlled by EU and America foreign governments ensure that she is well paid, and stays in the Parliament.

  • HILLARY = OBAM 3, and 4

    RABBI MEIER KAHANE WAS RIGHT, NEVER AGAIN

    We must find these teenagers, all Jews must united in a call for their immediate release. Where is our President Obama as our foreign policy has turned into a complete disaster.

    Video of Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg SAYS: President Obama, You Have Some Nerve:.

    Video is on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig8c795KymA

    Another holocaust is possible. If it happened once it can happen again. Thank G-d we have Israel. We need to do everything possible to keep Israel militarily strong. Jews get out of Europe. There can be no compromise regarding Israel nor can we depend on the good will of others. This unfortunately is a lesson that many Jews have never learned. Never forget, never forgive never again. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  • This Anti-Israeli MP is lucky that in Israel, a democratic state, she has the right of free speech, the right to criticise. Something she would not have in any of the 22 states surrounding Ha’Eretz. What would her reaction be if Israelis had kidnapped her children or other Palestinian children. Se is doing nothing to promote peace in the middle east, in fact she is condoning acts of terror. Resign now!

  • Apartheid? Discriminatory? Really? – Then why do we allow this Jew hating b**** to hold a seat in our Knesset?

  • In the 1950s America had a Senator Joe McCarthy who hated Communists. He hated Communists so much that he would destroy the lives of men and women who 20 to 30 years before had been to one Communist meeting as college students during the Great Depression in order to see if Communism had a solution to the disastrous economy. McCarthy didn’t care why they were at the meeting. He didn’t even care if they admitted to being at the meeting. If someone else saw them at the meeting, McCarthy found them just as guilty. These people lost their jobs—sometimes very high paying jobs. They usually lost their families. They sometimes took their own lives. Some of them went to jail, and most were hounded for years.

    I hated McCarthy. But I think Israel needs a Joe McCarthy to handle the Arab traitors in the Knesset. No one has the right to represent Israel who sympathizes with the enemy and who wants to see Israel and her children destroyed.

    • There are some 300,000 voters and probably more that voted for these MKs and their parties. What I’d like to see is the vote distribution and the towns that voted for these MKs and their political parties. These should be no more.

  • I agree with Minister Livnat. This is incitement. But MK Zoabi has a long history of such behavior — that of deliberate provocation, incitement, contempt for Israeli institutions, contempt for the welfare of Israelis, cheer-leading for Jihadistani criminality, cheer-leading for warfare against Israelis.

    As far as I’m concerned, MK Zoabi’s actions are acts of war, and they should be addressed as such.

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