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WATCH: Rightists attack Palestinian MK Zoabi and staffer at panel

Palestinian Knesset member Haneen Zoabi and her media adviser and acting Joint Arab List spokesperson Emilie Moatti were attacked by rightists Tuesday during a panel at the Ramat Gan College of Law and Business. The attackers were identified with extreme right-wing settler Baruch Marzel, who is running with Eli Yishai’s Yachad party.

The assailants violently interrupted the panel Zoabi was speaking on, before physically getting on the stage and pouring cola on her head. Moatti was reportedly hit in the head with a flagpole outside the building while Zoabi’s staff members attempted to evacuate the MK. Moatti was taken to the emergency room at Ichilov and reportedly suffered a light concussion.

The attack came just hours after Marzel published a status on his Facebook page, which read, “Zoabi, I’m coming for you,” and included details of the event, calling on his supporters to attend. After the attack, Marzel boasted on Facebook that he had managed, as promised, to prevent her from speaking at the panel, which focused on the status of women in Israeli society and was attended by several female Knesset members from across the political spectrum. Marzel has been campaigning with the slogan, “I will wipe Zoabi’s smile off her face.”

Joint Arab List spokesperson Emilie Moati at hospital (photo: Activestills)

Joint Arab List spokesperson Emilie Moati at hospital (photo: Activestills)

The police were notified about the threats, yet did not send anyone to secure the event. “The racist and violent attack by right-wing party activists on Zoabi and her staff illustrates the right’s approach and is a direct continuation of its incitement and effort to exclude Arab representatives from the Knesset,” the Joint Arab List said in a statement following the attack.

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    1. Ben Zakkai

      I was driving through Jerusalem the other day and saw a Marzel campaign poster that said (roughly translated), “Only Marzel will wipe the smile off Zoabi’s face.” At the time I wondered whether there was any way to understand that poster, other than as an implicit threat of violence designed to appeal to voters who’d favor beating up (or worse) an Arab woman. What brave heroes Marzel and his followers are! What holy men, acting out the will of God!

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      • C.C. DeVille

        “wipe the smile off ..face” is an English expression that does not imply violence.

        Having said that, as I said before, Zoabi could use a face transplant. And her smug grin is annoying

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        • Brian

          Not true. It can most definitely imply violence depending on the context. In this context by this Kahanist it does imply violence. The MK was just assaulted. Will the perpetrator be prosecuted? We shall see.

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    2. Weiss

      Wow, must take a real man to attack women while the police DO NOTHING.

      And yet ANOTHER reason why I am Ashamed to be Jewish.

      Will the list EVER stop growing???

      Here in the US you would be arrested for assault….

      So much for the rule of law in this rogue Nuclear Armed Fascist State.

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    3. Brian

      MK Zoabi is clearly in danger of assassination now. Is the Shin Bet doing enough to protect her? Doesn’t look like it. Marzel should be prosecuted for incitement and making threats and thrown out of the Knesset. He won’t be of course.

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    4. Danny

      Lucky for Zoabi that it was only juice and not something deadlier.

      The police of course were nowhere to be seen. Just another day in Apartheid Israel.

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    5. Jello

      Oh No!!! Some idiot spilled cola over little miss traitor? Nakba! Holocaust! Terrorism! Quick somebody punch an Israeli because they are all terrorists. Quick, quisling Jew apologize and go hide your shame in a bottle of jack.

      Increase her security. Next time it might be juice.

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      • Bryan

        Vicious, humiliating, not indicative of the toleration, pluralism and free interplay of ideas that one expects of the Middle East’s premier democracy. But don’t condemn such incidents – don’t even simply ignore them – don’t waste an opportunity to remind the world of your embattled situation and insist that everyone remember your tragic past history – even at the cost of (yet again) belittling the Holocaust by exploiting it for political purposes.

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    6. Vitenberg Rivka

      Israel is not really the “only democraty in the Middle east”

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    7. I am appalled and deeply embarrassed that something like this happened.

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