MK Haneen Zoabi held a press conference following a confrontation at the High Court of Justice hearing, decrying the state of democracy in Israel.
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"I never imagined such a thing could happen," she said after activists tried to prevent her from leaving the court. "I feel that there has been incitement against me throughout the current Knesset so there's nothing new." She added that it was ironic that in a debate about equality that she was forced to leave through the back door for her safety.
Turning to the court hearing on the Central Elections Committee move to ban her from running in the next Knesset, Zoabi said "attempts to disqualify me are an attack on everybody who is against the occupation."
Balad party chairman Jamal Zahalka, who also spoke at the conference, said they had been set upon by a "group of fascists," and blamed court security for the incident.