Zoabi at Temple Mount: Racist Israelis didn't learn from the Holocaust

Watch: Arab MKs clash with police at blocking entrance to holy site after rioting.

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November 5, 2014 12:58
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Zoabi confronts police at Temple Mount

Zoabi confronts police at Temple Mount

Arab MKs confronted police who temporarily sealed off the Temple Mount to visitors on Wednesday morning after dozens of Palestinian rioters hurled stones and shot fireworks at security forces in the vicinity.

"You say we are terrorists and that we want to fight you," MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) shouted to Border Police blocking her from accessing the area. "We want to live, to pray, to enter our schools, our home, our land. This is terrorism? To live is terrorism? To fight for our right to live is terrorism?"

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Zoabi compared the police's behavior toward her to the Holocaust: "Someone did this to you, decades ago. Remember that? Somebody did rule over you and screwed you over decades ago. You did not learn the lesson.

"What is the lesson of the Holocaust? Don't yell and don't be racist, right?" she said. "They killed six million of you, why?"

Other MKs, including Balad leader Jamal Zahalke and Taleb Abu-Arrar of UAL-Ta'al, were blocked from entering the Temple Mount and al-Aksa mosque when they arrived at the site as part of a High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens in Israel protest, but were allowed in later, along with the general public.

Zahalke and Zoabi accused police of "playing with fire" for entering the mosque, and said they desecrated the place.

"Balad condemns the provocative entry of right-wing people to the al-Aksa Mosque scare and the disproportional action of the police. We call for them to immediately leave [the site] and not desecrate the mosque again," Zahalke said.

MK Taleb Abu Arrar (UAL-Ta'al) said that the al-Aqsa mosque is a place that is only holy for Muslims and is currently occupied territory.

"The situation is very dangerous and can destabilize the region to more than a third Intifada," he warned. "Netanyahu talks about calm, but he helps MKs and ministers desecrate the mosque and be provocative...He must clam the situation down through actions."

Abu Arrar said that if Jews continue entering the site and desecrating it through their presence, Netanyahu will be responsible for the consequences.

Knesset Interior Committee chairwoman Miri Regev (Likud) accused Zoabi of inciting to violence, saying "she doesn't miss an opportunity to harm the Jewish people and the interests of Israeli citizens."

Regev called Zoabi a Trojan horse in the Knesset and called for Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein to remove her parliamentary immunity.




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