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MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) petitioned the High Court on Sunday to nullify the Knesset decision depriving her of her parliamentary rights following her involvement with the Gaza flotilla in May.
The petition, filed in conjunction with Adalah and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), claimed that the Knesset exceeded its authority and acted against the law of immunity, which prohibits abuse of the rights and immunity of parliament members if they engage in political activity.
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The petitioners also claimed that the denial of Zoabi's rights creates a dangerous precedent, allowing representatives of the majority in the Knesset to punish members representing the minority, which goes against the immunity law's purpose - defending the equal freedom of all parliament members to engage in political activity.
Back in July, the Knesset voted 34 to 16 to strip Zoabi of some of her
parliamentary privileges including: 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.
Zoabi said in a September interview that the IDF's boarding of the Mavi
in international waters was illegal and contrary to
She has also defended her participation in the flotilla and expressed
surprise at what she termed the "racist" reaction many Israeli
politicians and the public have had towards her participation.