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MK in service of Hamas?

Balad member to join Hamas men on Gaza-bound ships, intends to 'portray Israel as occupier'

Roee Nahmias
Published: 05.27.10, 17:18 / Israel News

Leading Arab-Israeli figures, including Balad Knesset Member Hanin Zuabi, will join Hamas figures on board ships heading to the Gaza Strip as part of an international aid mission, which one participant likened to 'facing the Nazis.'


Zuabi will be joined by head of the Islamic Movement's Northern Branch Raed Salah and the head of the Arab-Israeli Higher Monitoring Committee Muhammad Zidan, among others.


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"The mission does not only carry humanitarian aid," Zuabi said in an interview with the "Arabs 48" website affiliated with her movement. "It constitutes part of a growing international struggle to portray Israel as an occupying state and the blockade it imposes on Gaza as a political crime and a means aimed at defeating and humiliating the Palestinians."


Meanwhile, Sheikh Salah told the website that participations in the aid mission are "determined to enter the Strip in order to express support for the message that the blockade should be broken, and remove the Israeli occupation."


As noted, the Arab-Israeli participants will be joining forces with several prominent Hamas-affiliated activists. One of them is Mohammed Sawalha, who escaped to Jordan in 1990 using a forged passport. Today, he is in Britain where he devotes his time to intensive anti-Israeli activity, also among the ranks of the Muslim Brothers movement.


Another prominent participant is Zaher Birawi, a former Hamas member and currently a senior Muslim Brothers activist in Britain.


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