Almost a year ago I wrote about the traitors who sit in Israel’s Knesset. I was referring in particular to Hanin Zouabi from the Balad party. She had been accused by other MKs of consorting with the enemy, and they demanded her removal from the Knesset.
Compounding her misdeeds, Zouabi participated in the fatal Mavi Marmara flotilla intended to break Israel’s legal blockade of Gaza, an act which should have resulted in her expulsion from the Knesset if not a jail sentence, but instead received a mere slap on the wrist from the Knesset ethics committee.
Here’s some video footage of Zouabi on board the Mavi Marmara, putting the lie to her claim that she didn’t know there were terrorists on board: (h/t Israel Matzav.)
Against this background I’m happy to read that finally justice has been seen to be done, and the Central Elections Committee has banned Zouabi from standing for reelection. However, since this rightful decision still has to be ratified by the High Court, known for its leftist hyper-activism, I am not holding my breath yet.
Israeli Arab MK Hanin Zoabi (National Democratic Assembly) will not be able compete in the coming Knesset elections, the Central Elections Committee ruled on Wednesday. The decision, which must be cleared by the High Court of Justice before it takes effect, followed a heated debate over the disqualification of several MKs and parties.
A 19-member majority comprising the representatives of Kadima, Likud, Yisrael Beytenu, Shas, United Torah Judaism, the National Union and the New National Religious Party (Habayit Hayehudi) voted in favor of the motion to remove Zoabi’s name from the ballot (her party has her listed second on its Knesset candidate list). The left-wing parties (including Labor) and the center-left Hatnuah (led by former MK Tzipi Livni) voted to strike down the measure, which came after a heated seven-hour debate.
The High Court of Justice will review the decision next week. Because of the high stakes involved, a nine-justice panel will hear the case.
MK Ahmad Tibi (Ra’am-Ta’al) attacked the committee, saying it is composed of “seventh-tier politicians and frustrated lawyers who want to make headlines on the backs of the Arabs.” The committee members representing the right-wing parties were outraged by Tibi’s comments and threatened to walk out. “Let’s see you use such language in Syria,” one member hurled at him. To which he responded, “You are fascist Jews who have been caught up in their own rhetoric.”
Chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu) accused Zoabi of supporting terrorism and said he was baffled by Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein’s legal opinion from earlier this week in which he said Zoabi should be allowed to compete for a Knesset seat. MK Michael Ben Ari (Strong Israel) said, “We need to end this farce where representatives of [Hamas political bureau chief] Khaled Mashaal and other people who coddle the butcher from Damascus [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] serve in the Knesset on the taxpayer’s dime.”
MK Isaac (Buji) Herzog (Labor) said his party was against all the motions to disqualify candidates: “Zoabi’s actions [in participating in the 2010 Gaza flotilla, during which IDF forces were attacked] are despicable; it has made our blood boil and our hearts twitch, and it makes you want to go nuts.”
If her actions were that despicable that he felt ill, why does he object to her disqualification? He does not explain (or the paper doesn’t).
MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) also expressed displeasure with the motions to disqualify the candidates. “If we were to disqualify all those who disliked us, most of us wouldn’t be here,” Horowitz said.
Horowitz needs his head examined. Zouabi’s actions went beyond mere “dislike” and went over the border of hate speech and aiding and abetting the enemy.
Zoabi said the decision smacked of “moral illegitimacy that comes with the tyrannical rule of the majority and the suppression of a basic right in a democracy.”
“The decision is a result of a political vendetta and a lowly attempt to infringe the representation of Arab constituencies,” she said. “I am convinced that in a democracy one has to continue fighting for equal status, as it is the only available course of action.”
Zouabi does not understand or appreciate what democracy is. I challenge her to stand in the town square of any Arab country and denounce the governemnt there like she does the Israeli government and we’ll see how long she lasts.
The commentator Petra Marquardt-Bigman had a very interesting viewpoint into Zouabi’s actions, stating that in fact they helped Israel’s hasbara efforts:
However, it seems that Zoabi has some critics even within her own extended family: as Israeli media reported some two months ago, the petition to disqualify her was signed by a cousin of Zoabi who argued that instead of working for the interests of Israeli Arabs, she “represents the Palestinians in Ramallah – so she should move there.”
No doubt many Israelis will share this sentiment – but ironically, Zoabi’s hostility to Israel has been so extreme that it sometimes had a completely unintended hasbara effect.
Read the rest of the article for an enlightening and unusual view into the effects of Zouabi’s actions.
Let us just hope that the High Court doesn’t chicken out of its duty to disqualify Zouabi from reelction on the basis of some spurious “democratic” or “human rights” pretext.