MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) 311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) and rightwing activists Baruch Marzel and
Itamar Ben-Gvir requested from police on Thursday permission to hold a protest
in front of the home of MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) and Islamic Movement
headquarters in Nazareth.
The demonstration, titled “Kick Zoabi out of
the Knesset, and make Balad against the law,” has yet to be approved by the
police, who are examining the request and security arrangements that would be
necessary if it takes place.
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Ben-Ari, Marzel and Ben-Gvir are the leaders
of the Our Land of Israel party, one of the parties that make up National Union.
The party’s supporters plan to carry signs and wave Israeli flags to protest the
Attorney- General’s Office’s “helplessness” in facing Zoabi and
Two weeks ago, Attorney- General Yehuda Weinstein closed a case
and other Israeli-Arab participants in the 2010 “Gaza Freedom
Flotilla,” which attempted to enter Gaza illegally. Zoabi was aboard the Mavi
Marmara, where passengers attacked IDF soldiers who took over the
Marzel said the protest is only the first step, accusing Zoabi of
persecuting IDF soldiers and cursing the State of Israel.
“It is high
time she understands and internalizes that we will come after her, wherever she
is,” Marzel warned. “We are all IDF soldiers, and a normal state would put Zoabi
behind bars for a long time, and throw Balad out of the Knesset.”
response to the planned demonstration, Zoabi said extremists not only cheapen
the blood of regular citizens, but also of their representatives.
added that MKs in right-wing parties and Kadima have turned politicians into an
“easy target” either by standing by silently or actively oppressing her, and
they are harming democracy by trying to stop her and her political party’s
activities.Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.