It sickens me to read such departures from reality. The TRUTH IS: In the US or Canada, such a politician would have went to jail and been in ruins permanently. She does NOT work for the interests of Israel but AGAINST IT. Constantly: in words and actions IN PLAIN SIGHT! To read such a bunch of nonsense is to realize the failings of democracy, its shortcomings, its leanings towards paralysis: every screwball in the world, stable or unstable, productive or destructive, have the assured RIGHT to engage in the most destabilizing and destructive behaviors and its touted as democracy. In light of the FACT that there are far too homo-sapiens who are not ABLE to handle democratic ideals in any constructive or positive manner; laws must be enacted that ensures the mass populace does not suffer. Zoabi is not only a traitor: she SUPPORTS TERROR OPENLY. To blame the AG is idiotic. Shame on this writer and their ignorance. It's such irrational idealism that is destroying the entire western world. Liberals pushing their agenda of ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY must be fought against PROUDLY AND WITHOUT SHAME! This is NOT democracy: it is DEMOCRAZY!!!!
My Planet Israel ,
2. Terrorist organisation?
Surely if Adalah accepts the illegality of supporting a terrorist organisation then the support Zoabi showed for Hamas by participating in the flotilla condemns her and they have no option but to concede this.
Margie in Tel Aviv
3. Sawsan Zaher: Using petty words wont exonerate Zoabi
The fact she was in the Marmara is enough. She wanted to go through a blok
In the Uk, no matter how distasteful someones conduct maybe, we have the rule of law, ie everyone is equal before the law. This article is commendable.
How far does one need to go to be considered a conspiratory element against the State they represent?Should she have a gun? Should she fire at a soldier? Os the simple fact to participate in a delegitimization campaign would be enough? I think the last option is very much likely!
Marcelo Freitas ,
6. The Hanin Zoabi Myth
B"H - Hanin Zoabi did not have to be "involved in the violence" on the Marmara in order to disqualify from knesset. The fact that she was on the ship is enough. Why? Because it wasn't a Mediterranean pleasure cruse. The ship was on a mission and the mission was to support Hamas, which is an organization on the terrorist list. When A=B=C, we learn that A=C, that is to say that Ms. Zoabi is a terrorist supporter and as a terrorist supporter she should have been banned from knesset. Jews are banned for much, much less in the past and the fact that Mr. Zaher raises his voice against Israel in general and against the attorney general in particular should teach the decision makers in this country about the uselessness of trying to appease the Arab minority with affermative actions: As it is a hostile minority bent on distruction, the more one gives them, the more they will pretend in an endless spiral of what effectively is a death-dance.
I don't know what went through the mind of the AG when he watched this Arab MK get savaged by our government, but I do know that Jews with left leaning positions too often tread cautiously, so as not to be labeled as traitors by members of the right wing.
There are many of us in and outside of Israel who wanted the Gaza blockade to be eased. So what? Should the entire Jewish left wing be barred from public office? If the Prime Minister and his thug supporters had their way, they would be.
AG Weinstein knows who he's dealing with and what to expect from the right if he were to oppose their view, and side with an Arab no less.
8. clearly written by an arab
this article is clearly written by an arab who is in favor of Zoabi who is clearly Antisemitism in a Jewish country, and supports terrorism like Mk Tibi.
james degeon ,
9. This information was public
None of the information she claims was hidden was kept from the public. I read this expecting some new revelation but instead read only things I'd known for years.
The author constructs straw men arguments while ignoring the real problems people have with Zoabi.
Avi Ze'ev ,
10. She did not attack the commander but
she was on board. And even after what happened, she was still defiant and always speaking against the State of Israel.
Since she is only interested in the Palestinian cause, she should go live in the West Bank or Gaza and give up her Israeli citizenship.
11. Ahh... people hurting IDF soldiers weren't on terror list!
Now, that's as exonerating as any book ever thrown at Israel.
Now, calling your friend on cell phone that a few armed goons are about to throw Jewish family out of home is a terror activity.
Why don't AG just says "I am at civil war with Israel" and sends a few kassams out his window into a kindergarten. He is not on terror list?
12. Who is to stand by us when we do wrong but our solicitor?
We are so lucky to have Israel.
It bodes ill to fail to pay attention as to who authored article. Frankly, I almost missed it, too.
I do find it distatefull however to print anti - Israel propaganda from Zoabi solicitor in Jewish press.
They should buy their headline properties from Al Jazeera or other better fitting establishments.
Because giving this sort of press even an appearence of encouragement does injure state and nation materially and wrongly.
13. Antisemitism against Arabs is alive and well in Israel
her attacking the usher. Or maybe I'm wrong, maybe it was the usher attacking her after she kept interrupting someone while they were speaking. I think I'm right though. Regardless, she openly speaks about the state's destruction. Name me another country that tolerates that? There isn't any, only Israel, good amazing great Israel
15. Law is she must support Israel as a Jewish state
Please can the writer confirm she supports Israel as a Jewish state as required by law. If she is unable to publicly state she supports Israel as a Jewish state then the courts decision was wrong and she should be banned. The same for all candidates and parties running for Knesset.
16. Enemy Combatant
She became a enemy combatant the moment she got on the ship. She is a traitor and should be imprisoned or exiled.
Bill Stein ,
17. Zoabi an accomplis
The passenger in a car supporting its use in a robbery is an accomplis to the robbery. Was Zoabi kidnapped on the Marmara? Attempting to break a legal blockade is a violation of international law as well as that of the country imposing the blockade. What part of her violation was not disclosed? If failure to actually participate in violence was an exoneration to complicity, there would be no law against an accomplis. But then, under Sharia law, the rule of law only applies to Jews. Arabs are immune.
Elliott Alhadeff ,
Actually, IHH was listed as a terrorist organization by Israel long before this incident. Of course, the Pals never want to clutter the issue with facts when lies will do.
19. ynet works overtime
always supporting Arabs in every situation, no matter what. They find the negative for the Jews and the positive for the Arabs. Does anyone at YNET even like Jews or Israel?
20. #4 Mike ( Mahmood ) UK; Law
"In the Uk, no matter how distasteful someones conduct maybe, we have the rule of law, ie everyone is equal before the law. "
Where are you? Luton ? Rochdale ?
You talking about special treatment for Abu Qatada, and other terrorists or real natives?
21. Sawsan is right
Obviously, the law is on her side even if common sense suggets the opposite.
Basically to convict Hanin or any other person repeating this form of despicable act, the law has to be made more accurate.
That should be the task of the coming Knesset.
22. She surely will be comfortable in the Knesset with Feiglin,a
Dov Lior and Bennet &co.
I dont envy her.
23. The traitor Zoabi has YNet and Co on her side.....
The worst enemy is the inner enemy - but Israel will overcome all of them, including the traitor Zoabi and all her supporters....
24. Ridicolous situation,
the whole world is loughing on Israel. New laws are needed urgently on states'security and DIGNITY issues. What about if one day mr. Weinstein should visit an israeli jail, accompanied with two prisons guards, as inmate ? Vote for B. Netanyahu !
25. What a load of crap.
Disgusting legalislistic bullshit article to try to excuse a citizen of Israel of unbridled treason.
She is a terrorost supporter and has no place in the democratic running of the State.
Throw in jail, wher she belongs, and throw away the key.
She ,and others like her, abuse the democratic system to weaken the State. They must be stopped. Democracy has the duty to protect itself. Freedom of speech does not include the freedom to destroy a democratic regime.
Noel Nesor ,
26. What a pathetic attempt!
1. Israel has considered the IHH to be a terrorist organization at least since 2006 -- long before the MAVI MARMARA set sail. The very presence of Ms. Zoabi aboard that vessel was an act which violated the laws of the State of Israel -- the very laws that Hanin Zoabi swore to uphold.
2. Hanan Zoabi has visited Libya in clear contravention of Israeli law. Since she is -- ostensibly -- an Israeli lawmaker who took an oath to uphold Israel's laws, at the very least she is guilty of violating the very laws she is sworn to uphold. A more conservative reading of the statute could find her guilty of treason -- which carries the death penalty in Israel.
3. Hanin Zoabi physically assaulted a fellow Knesset member. That alone is worthy of permanent censure. You can raise your voice -- but your hand? No, I'm afraid that's outside the realm of appropriate behavior. Zoabi should have been arrested for assault -- and she would have been convicted, because the documented video evidence is VERY clear -- and that alone would be sufficient to bar her from ever seeking a seat in the Knesset again.
4. Am I supposed to consider her an elected official? Okay, I can do that. She was, after all, elected (albeit by an electorate whose loyalty to Israel is at best questionable).
Sarah B ,
U.S.A. / Israel
"easiness in which an Arab Knesset member can be delegitimized and demonized" Mrs Zoabi did that on her own through her worda and actions, channel 99 recordings should be enough proof to that.
28. Judged innocent
But as her constituents chatter...
She cant get away from the fact that with her behaviour, her neglect of her electorate, her conflicting loyalties and perhaps most controversial and out of touch with young Israeli Arabs - her call to them to exclude themselves National Service...she would have failed her job, failed her constituents, and failed her country
Her constituents will decide wether she is still fit and right to represent them as MK or wether its time for a someone better
29. Israel as a Jewish State ?
Israel as a Jewish state ?? OK I'm going to advocate for Ireland to be called a White Christian State .. How do you like that ??
30. To: No. 29
Go for it! I like it. You're just stating the truth.
Perhaps your REAL war should be with the British, who are occupying six counties in Northern Ireland .... but who am I to judge?
For that matter .... who are YOU to judge Israel's politics and policies?
Hmm? Just askin'. How do you like that?