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Balad MK Haneen Zoabi told Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein Sunday that the request made by Interior Minister Eli Yishai to denounce her citizenship is dangerous and undemocratic.
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Zoabi said in a letter sent to Weinstein that taking away her citizenship is totally illegal and goes against all international human rights agreements.
Balad MK criticized the complaint made by Weinstein regarding the issue
and said that he is supposed to restrain dangerous political and public
"The call to denounce the citizenship of a chosen
public figure just because she does not agree with the majority
constitutes a typical example of attempts like this," Zoabi added.
"I would expect that the attorney general of the state of Israel would reject this type of request," Zoabi stated.
claimed that "the right to citizenship is a fundamental right of the
first degree and constitutes a basis of a number of fundamental rights.
Knesset voted in July to strip Zoabi of some of her parliamentary
privileges, following her participation in the Gaza flotilla aboard the
MV Mavi Marmara.
A series of lawmakers, both Arab and Jew,
complained that such a move endangered Israeli democracy, but Zoabi’s
opponents argued that it was the freshman MK who constituted a threat to
In June, the Knesset’s House Committee voted seven to
one to deny Zoabi the right to hold a diplomatic passport; her right to
subsidized legal counsel in the event of criminal proceedings against
her over her participation in the flotilla, or for any related future
offenses; and any extra privileges she could enjoy as a member of
Knesset traveling overseas. But while House Committee chairman Yariv
Levin (Likud) planned to bring the vote to the plenum as quickly as
possible, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud) delayed the vote while
awaiting any indications from the attorney-general regarding criminal
charges against Zoabi.Rebecca Anna Stoil
contributed to this report.