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February 11, 2014 5:30 pm

Arab MK Zoabi Accused of Using ‘Mafia-Style’ Tactics Against Christians in Removal Request

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Israeli Arab Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi. Photo: Screenshot.

JNS.org Israeli Christian leader Shadi Halul of the Christian IDF Officers Forum, a group that promotes Christian recruitment and integration into the Israeli military, has filed a request with the Israeli Attorney General’s Office asking for the removal of Arab-Israeli MK Haneen Zoabi.

Last week during a Knesset meeting on efforts to legally differentiate Christians as a separate minority group from Arabs, Zoabi, who has a long history of anti-Israel actions despite serving in the Knesset, was ejected from the hearing for suggesting that Halul deserves to be attacked.

“You are a coward! Go to the streets of Nazareth and Kfar Kana, say what you just said, and they’ll give you the response you deserve,” Zoabi said during the meeting.

“With regret, I have to say that MK Zoabi did not express herself during the Knesset session with the decorum appropriate for a Knesset member, but rather that of a member of an organized crime ring,” Halul’s Attorney Uri Shenhar wrote in the request.

Zoabi, who is one of 12 Arabs in the Israeli Knesset, has had a controversial political career. She has been an outspoken opponent of Israel and participated in the 2010 Gaza flotilla. She also ran for mayor of Nazareth in late 2013, losing to the long-time Christian incumbent Ramiz Jaraisi.

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  • Joseph Kelly

    When I grew up in India,even though my school books India encouraged Muslims and Jews in the army. My Jewish uncle is General Jacob who liberated Banga Desh from Pakistan with just bluff and not many Indian troops.

    Israel should make a similar effort to integrate not just Christians but Muslim youth into the IDF. I feel that those Muslims loyalty to the IDF could be even greater than those Leftist deserters who refuse to serve in the IDF.

    It will also reduce that sector’s alienation speed up integration in that sector into the Israeli economy and show the bankruptcy of the Palestinian cause to everyone, especially Europe.

    • Luigi Rosolin (@LuigiBelmont)

      Is a big difference: Muslim Arab want Israel state to be remove. Not soldier can be safe with them, as they cannot be trust. Their ideology is against anybody else. Muslim cult is found on total destruction of others religion and want to impose strike Islam rule by any means.

    • zadimel

      There are or have been three Arab Israeli generals in the IDF. Recently the speaker of the Knesset was an Arab Israeli as well as an acting president. Indeed, members of the Israeli cabinet have been Arab Israelis. At least one Arab Israeli is a member of the highest court of Israel. There are Arab Israeli ambassadors,consuls and other diplomatic types. Each year finds increasing numbers of Arab Israelis and Christian Israelis joining the IDF, and many have become officers. These significant illustrations of democracy, despite efforts among Israel’s neighbors to destroy the Jewish State, do not appear to be well known.

  • Betty

    Israeli MKs should be required to swear an oath of allegiance to the State and to the upholding of its laws. Traitors and those committing acts of treason such as this ingrate should be barred . if they prove to not wish to be supporters of the Jewish state there are plenty of Muslim States they can go to.

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    I think all Arab Israeli members of the Knesset should be removed of their job because all of them are using the democratic Ste of Israel to promote the enemy.