Mavi Marmara 311.
(photo credit: Stringer Turkey / Reuters)
MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) has refused to attend a Knesset House Committee meeting
on whether she should be put on trial for participating in the 2010 Gaza
flotilla aboard the Mavi Marmara.
Nineteen months after the flotilla incident,
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein has yet to decide if Zoabi will be prosecuted
for her participation, and House Committee chairman Yariv Levin (Likud) has yet
to receive answers on the matter, despite contacting Weinstein multiple
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Therefore, Levin scheduled a committee meeting on the matter for
next week, inviting Zoabi and a representative of Weinstein’s
Zoabi responded by sending a letter to Knesset Speaker Reuven
Rivlin, in which she requested that the meeting be canceled.
The Balad MK
wrote that House Committing meeting is an “intervention in the authority and
consideration of the attorney- general” and that Levin’s goal in calling the
meeting is to “strike fear” in law enforcement authorities.
Zoabi wrote that she hopes Weinstein’s decision will not be influenced by the
“It is clear to all that my participation in the flotilla is at
the heart of an MK’s immunity, because it is a totally political activity,” she
Levin said that he plans to continue the discussion until it
He explained that he seeks to “put an end to the
‘absurdity’ in which an MK that took advantage of her parliamentary status to
aid terrorism and is avoiding punishment and even discussing her deeds.”