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Attorney General: MK Zoabi likely to stand trial for incitement

The decision is just one of several that have targeted the Arab Knesset member over the past year. 

MK Haneen Zoabi tries to enter the Aqsa Mosque via the Lions’ Gate, October 15, 2014. Police eventually let her and other members of Knesset enter. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

MK Haneen Zoabi tries to enter the Aqsa Mosque via the Lions’ Gate, October 15, 2014. Police eventually let her and other members of Knesset enter. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israel’s Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced Tuesday that he has decided to indict MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) for incitement to violence and disgracing a public official. Weinstein summoned Zoabi to a pre-indictment hearing, upon the recommendation of several legal experts, where she will be able to plead her case.

The indictment relates to a hearing at a Nazareth courthouse in July of this year, where Zoabi allegedly insulted policemen guarding the building. According to the state prosecutor’s office, Zoabi called two Arab police officers “traitors,” threatened them and told a protesting crowd to spit in their faces.

According to Weinstein, “MK Zoabi’s statements indicated that she called for violence against the police officers that were at the scene, as well as other police officers of Arab descent who also work against Arab suspects. She encouraged similar acts of violence, which according to her statements, the way she said them, and the circumstances, there was a real possibility of her words leading to acts of violence against Arab police officers, particularly the ones at the scene, to which her words were directed.”

Zoabi’s attorney, Hassan Jabareen, responded to Weinstein’s announcement, saying “the state prosecutor’s office does not usually put elected officials on trial for momentary and spontaneous statements made during the heat of public political action, and thus if an indictment is issued, the prosecutor’s office will have to explain its discrimination against MK Zoabi to the court, since in dozens of similar and even more extreme cases, no indictments were issued, nor were any investigations opened.”

Right-wing MKs praised the decision, with Avigdor Liberman stating that Zoabi should be tried for “consistently undermining the State of Israel.” Miri Regev called to remove Zoabi’s diplomatic immunity and “kick her out of the Knesset.”

The announcement comes just one month after the High Court of Justice rejected Zoabi’s appeal to overturn her six-month suspension from parliamentary discussions for a political opinion she expressed on the radio in June, in the wake of the kidnapping of the three Yeshiva students in the West Bank.

In their decision, the justices wrote that while recognizing that her suspension is in fact extreme compared with past punishments, they are nonetheless ruling to uphold it ”in light of the petitioner’s harsh words and the timing in which she said them,” referring to the fact that Zoabi said in June that the Palestinian kidnappers of the three Israeli teenagers (before their fate was known) are “not terrorists.”

Zoabi was also the target of a recent election campaign video by Likud MK Danny Danon, which depicts her as a traitor, terrorist and murderer.

Related:
The Knesset v. Zoabi: Israeli Arab MK’s politics put on trial
The Israeli media’s hit job on MK Haneen Zoabi
Why does the Israeli left oppose MK Haneen Zoabi?

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      • Pedro X

        Zoabi should fare the fate of the Hamas mastermind and murderer of the three Israeli teens who got 3 life sentences.

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        • Bruce Gould

          Ayalet Shaked calls for the death of Palestinians:

          http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/knesset-genocide-against

          They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes

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        • Brian

          Pedro X, the same guy who wants to persuade us what a warm, magnanimous democrat his pal Naftali is in regards to Arabs, can’t wait til they put an Arab MK in solitary for life for speaking her mind.

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    1. Mikesailor

      Bruce: Are you pointing out Jewish hypocrisy in Israel? Of course they are brutal hypocrites with a “legal” system not worthy of the name. Kangaroos deserve better than being compared to Israeli judges and lawyers. If you follow the Israeli Suprem “Court”, you will see that they never ruled whether the Knesset could suspend a member for any, or no, reason. Instead, they spent an entire opinion crying crocodile tears about “incitement” and while acknowledging many Israeli Jews are far more guilty of incitement, justice has never been more than a “assimilationist” plot which has no resonance in a Zionist state.

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    2. Pedro’s earned his hasbara central bonus this week. Good on you.

      I can’t get over the disgusting hyprocrisy. Ms. Zoabi may be indicted for incitement. “Zoabi’s attorney, Hassan Jabareen, responded to Weinstein’s announcement, saying “the state prosecutor’s office does not usually put elected officials on trial for momentary and spontaneous statements made during the heat of public political action, and thus if an indictment is issued, the prosecutor’s office will have to explain its discrimination against MK Zoabi to the court, since in dozens of similar and even more extreme cases, no indictments were issued, nor were any investigations opened.”
      No Jew is going to face indictment for praising Hitler (Feiglin); describing Africans as a cancer (Regev) or Palestinians as snakes (Shaked) and suggesting to kill Palestinian mothers.
      Dov Lior, a public figure, a settler rabbi not an MK, called President Barack Obama “Cushi” (N*gger). A Col. Eyal Qarim said rape is permissable in war as “prohibitions against morality” are removed during war (+972).

      “Right-wing MKs praised the decision, with Avigdor Liberman stating that Zoabi should be tried for “consistently undermining the State of Israel.” Miri Regev called to remove Zoabi’s diplomatic immunity and “kick her out of the Knesset.”

      Her removal from the Knesset is what Regev, Liberman and assorted other clowns want. This strong, intelligent, charismatic Arab woman scares the hummus out of these folks. She could be a leader of Palestine some day and they want to stop that from ever becoming a possibility. Weak, puling mama’s boys (and girls) and the court of double standards.

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    3. Carl

      Ms. Zoabi is one of about 3 politicians in the world whom I actually admire.

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    4. Bar

      Just a reminder that Zoabi was also on the Mavi Marmara where Israeli soldiers were injured.

      An elected member of the government using her prestige and position to call Arab Israeli police or soldiers – men doing their duty for their country whose government she serves – “traitors” in front of constituents and other parties who were in a very hostile mood, is unquestionably incitement and could well be considered incitement to violence and even murder.

      There is no other explanation for what she did. Even her lawyer doesn’t excuse what she did, merely claims it was done in the heat of the moment. Well, even in the heat of the moment she has responsibilities and she is an MK. And, as we all know, she keeps finding herself in these heated moments where the situation is either violent or likely to become so. That’s no accident.

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      • Bryan

        It is very unfortunate that violence occurred on the Mavi Marmara but surely this is another example of Israel’s disproportionate and inherently violent response to incidents that pose no real threat. Remember it was attacked in international waters, with the IDF opening fire with live bullets before they even landed on the ship (250 bullet holes were found). One Israeli soldier was seriously wounded; nine passengers were killed, including American citizens, some shot in the head at very short range. Are you telling us that there is no other way the ship could have been stopped without murder? Even had the ship reached its destination it carried no supplies for Hamas, so the passengers would have drank tea, posed for some photos and then returned. Would that have been an existential threat, or a small PR victory, which would have been largely ignored in the US press. Just another example of Israel shooting itself in the foot whilst it shoots others in the head, A sad incident, but don’t worry it was all the fault of Haneen Zoabi and Hamas.

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        • I’m sure if we wait just a bit longer, Ms. Zoabi will be blamed for the kidnapping and murder of 3 Jewish boys. Nothing said above the vitriol spewed like so much manure by Feiglin, Shaked, Regev and others.

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      • Brian

        Her lawyer was referring to her heated comments to the policemen outside court. Not to the Marmara. When’s Regev getting arrested for incitement for her non-heated, very calculated comments? The last time I’d ever have thought this is not all about Jewish supremacism was before I just saw Pedro X, the guy who wants to persuade us all that Bennet is a magnanimous, inclusive democrat in regards to Arabs, tell us an Arab MK should get life imprisonment for speaking her mind.

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    5. Thanks for repeating what was already in the above article, minus your spin of course. You folks just don’t like Arabs, period. You don’t have to make a show about it, invent scenarios, etc., just admit you are antisemitic.

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    6. Richard

      In America, judges can sentence you to months in jail on the spot just for insulting them. Its called contempt of court. The internet has loads videos. Democratic countries take the security and legitimacy of their courts very seriously, as they should. Israel should be no exception.

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    7. Mikesailor

      The problem Richard is that she didn’t “incite” anyone although she did insult the policemen. And no civillized country that I can think of criminally punishes a persoon for what are, in effect, “private” insults. For instance, I think you are a morally degenerate moron. Does this make me criminally punishable? I also think Zionism is a brutal racist idelology with no redeeming factors. Does this make me “antisemitic”? Or criminally liable? Curious how Zoabi scares the hell out of the Jewish establishment. For the entire idea is to silence her. To make an example of her.I wonder what would happen if the Arab Israeli public mobilized and began their own civil rights struggle in Israel? Say a march for equal civil rights from Tel Aviv to Hebron. Along with sit-down strikes stc. What do you think would happen?

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      • Brian

        You make some intelligent points here Mike. I differ on the categorical unredeemability of all forms of Zionism, but you make some good points about Zoabi and others.

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    8. Phil Fumble

      Mike, yes you are an anti Semite. Your Holocaust revisionism is one of many examples you posted here.
      My guess is that you are an angry fuck with no sense of justice.

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