MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) stridently attacked the Israeli government's characterization of UN human rights reports as "not objective" in a contentious interview with Yair Lapid on his Channel 2 news program Ulpan Shishi
Zoabi claimed during the interview that IDF's boarding of the Mavi Marmara
in international waters was illegal and contrary to international law. She also maintained that there was no plan for activists to attack the IDF soldiers and that she, along with the activists around her, had been surprised that the IDF actually sent commandos to board the ship.
She also defended her participation in the Free Gaza flotilla and expressed surprise at what she termed the "racist" reaction many Israeli politicians and the public had towards her participation.
"I am honest to my identity and to my citizenship. I am not a Zionist," said Zoabi. "I am a an Arab, a Palestinian and a citizen."
When asked by Yair Lapid, whether she considered her fellow passengers on the Mavi Marmara
peace activists, Zoabi responded, "Definitely."