Zoabi: Flotilla video is a diversion

MK says 'Marmara' tape is meant to distract from Ashkenazi testimony.

BaladMKHaneenZoabi311 (photo credit: Associated Press)
(photo credit: Associated Press)
MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) reacted to the release of a video showing that she knew that IHH activsts aboard the Mavi Marmara were armed, in a video clip shown on Channel 2 on Monday evening.
"They chose to release these two minutes - what do they want?" Zoabi said.
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"What is the meaning and the interpretation of this timing?" the MK asked, answering her own question: "To divert attention against MK Hanin Zoabi!"
"They don't want the public to focus on the IDF Chief of Staff's testimony and the international commission's investigation," Zoabi continued. "What else do they want?"
A video released by Army Radio earlier on Monday shows Zoabi standing side by side with IHH members armed with metal pipes while IDF soldiers attempt to take command of the ship's lower deck. She can later be heard arguing with IDF commanders in an attempt to prevent them from evacuating a seriously injured man. She had previously stated that she helped IDF forces evacuate injured from the ship.
Despite the footage, Zoabi insisted in an interview with Army Radio on Wednesday that she was unaware that the IHH activists were armed. She claimed that she believed the metal pipes the men possessed were standard ship equipment and not weapons to be used against soldiers.
After the release of the new video footage, MK Orit Zuaretz (Kadima) called on Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein on Wednesday to open an in-depth investigation into MK Zoabi's involvement in the violence perpetrated against IDF naval commandos aboard the Mavi Marmara.
Last month the Knesset  plenum voted 34 to 16 to strip Zoabi of some of her parliamentary privileges, following her participation in the Gaza flotilla.