Balad MK haneen zuabi 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerzolomiski [file])
Balad MK Haneen Zoabi is far from being a Zionist.
She frequently leads
anti- Israel protests, she walked out when Hatikva was played at her swearing-in
ceremony, she joined the Gaza flotilla and later accused the IDF soldiers who
boarded it of deliberately trying to kill civilians.
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Zoabi has even
expressed support for the nuclearization of Iran.
But the 41-year-old
Nazareth-born lawmaker apparently doesn’t represent her entire
Hassan Zoabi, a Taibe construction worker who is the MK’s distant
relative, caused a stir in the Zoabi family when he told Yediot Aharonot
week that he had joined the Likud Party. Zoabi accused her in the article of
caring only about the Palestinians and not helping her Israeli Arab
“She and her party colleagues never deal with what matters
to us,” Zoabi said.
“They are always dealing with the rights of the
Palestinians, but what does that have to do with us? We need infrastructure,
education, and our salaries to arrive on time. They don’t do anything, while the
Likud is actually trying to help us.”
Haneen Zoabi, who did not speak to
Yediot for the article, told The Jerusalem Post
that she had no idea who Hassan
Zoabi was and neither did anyone in her immediate family.
“Zoabi is a
common Arabic name,” she said. “There are people named Cohen in Balad, you know,
and I don’t think any of them are related to the Cohens in the
Hassan Zoabi told the Post
that he was the MK’s fourth cousin.
He claimed to know her personally and that she asked him to work for her in the
last election, which he did before he decided to go in the opposite direction
and join Likud.
“Arab MKs don’t do anything,” he said. “Only the Likud
really helps the Arabs.”
Zoabi said he had personally registered 260
Arabs to Likud over the past several months, most of them Zoabis. He said he
would soon host a rally to get more Arabs to join Likud with Transportation
Minister Yisrael Katz, Deputy Negev and Galilee Development Minister Ayoub Kara,
and MK Danny Danon.
He said he was proud of the Zoabis who served in the
Knesset in the past, Seif el-Din el-Zoabi and Abd el-Aziz el-Zoabi, but that he
was embarrassed about Haneen’s anti-Israel behavior.
“Of course she would
say that she doesn’t know me,” he said. “The family supported her, because it
brought honor to the family to have an MK in the family. But she shamed us by
going against the IDF and because she doesn’t help the public.”