Ben-Ari, Marzel plan protest outside Zoabi's home

Right-wing activists call to throw Balad out of Knesset; Zoabi: Extremists are making politicians "easy targets."

January 5, 2012 17:58
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MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad)

MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) 311. (photo credit: Reuters)


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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 Balad.

Two weeks ago, Attorney- General Yehuda Weinstein closed a case against Zoabi 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 ship.

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.”

In response to the planned demonstration, Zoabi said extremists not only cheapen the blood of regular citizens, but also of their representatives.

She 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.

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