Arab MK Zoabi accused of using ‘mafia-style’ tactics against Christians in removal request

Haneen Zoabi.

( Israeli Christian leader Shadi Halul of the Christian IDF Officers Forum, a group that promotes Christian recruitment and integration into the Israeli military, has filed a request with the Israeli Attorney General’s Office asking for the removal of Arab-Israeli MK Haneen Zoabi.

Last week during a Knesset meeting on efforts to legally differentiate Christians as a separate minority group from Arabs, Zoabi, who has a long history of anti-Israel actions despite serving in the Knesset, was ejected from the hearing for suggesting that Halul deserves to be attacked.

“You are a coward! Go to the streets of Nazareth and Kfar Kana, say what you just said, and they’ll give you the response you deserve,” Zoabi said during the meeting.

“With regret, I have to say that MK Zoabi did not express herself during the Knesset session with the decorum appropriate for a Knesset member, but rather that of a member of an organized crime ring,” Halul’s Attorney Uri Shenhar wrote in the request.

Zoabi, who is one of 12 Arabs in the Israeli Knesset, has had a controversial political career. She has been an outspoken opponent of Israel and participated in the 2010 Gaza flotilla. She also ran for mayor of Nazareth in late 2013, losing to the long-time Christian incumbent Ramiz Jaraisi.

Posted on February 11, 2014 .