Saturday, September 18th | 13 Tishri 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2017


Sarah Zoabi


“I define myself as an Arab, Muslim, Israeli, and proud Zionist,” says Sarah Zoabi, thus demolishing all stereotypes and assumptions about Israeli-Arabs.

Hailing from northern Israel and a relative of the outspoken anti-Zionist MK Hanin Zoabi, Sarah Zoabi is a vocal and passionate supporter of the State of Israel and its founding ideology, saying, “I believe in the right of the Jewish people to have their own country, which is the state of Israel, the holy land.”

She acknowledges that others may find her beliefs bizarre. “I’m sure that the people who hear me will say: ‘what, have you lost your mind? How can you say you are a Zionist?’”

She defends herself by saying, “I want to say to all the Arab [citizens] of Israel to wake up. We live in paradise. Compared to other countries, to Arab countries – we live in paradise.”

Sarah is the mother of Muhammad Zoabi, another Arab Zionist who was forced to go into hiding when he received death threats after posting a video supporting Israel and denouncing terrorism. (Photo credit: Facebook.)


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