Israeli MP Who Joined Flotilla Faces Witchhunt

Officials Try to Strip Haneen Zoubi of Citizenship

An Israeli parliamentary committee recommended stripping an Arab MP of her privileges yesterday in a move to prepare the ground for putting her on trial for participating last week in the Gaza-bound aid flotilla attacked by Israeli commandos.  

Haneen Zoubi, who has become a national hate figure since challenging Israel’s account of the confrontation, said yesterday she was facing “a witch-hunt”.  

The interior minister, Eli Yishai, has submitted a request for her citizenship to be revoked, and a bill — labelled the “Zoubi Law” — is being considered that would allow a serving MP to be expelled for “inciting” against the state.  

Ms Zoubi has been provided with a bodyguard after receiving a spate of death threats. A popular Facebook page in Hebrew is calling for her execution and an online petition for her expulsion from the parliament has attracted tens of thousands of supporters.  

Last week, in unprecedented scenes as she tried to address parliament, Ms Zoubi was heckled into silence by Jewish legislators shouting out “terrorist” and “traitor”. Guards only narrowly prevented a far-right parliamentarian from attacking her.  

Yesterday’s hearing of the parliament’s house committee was originally intended to consider revoking the immunity of six Arab MPs, including Ms Zoubi, who travelled to Libya in April. All the Arab MPs boycotted the meeting.  

However, the committee chairman, Yariv Levin, of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, switched the focus to Ms Zoubi’s involvement in the flotilla.  

Legal advisers said the MP was still being investigated for attempting to enter a closed military area and violence against the commandos. After she disembarked from the Mavi Marmara in Ashdod last week, Ms Zoubi said she had been questioned by police about possessing a weapon.  

The committee approved by a majority of 7-1 stripping her of parliamentary privileges that take away her diplomatic passport, reportedly to prevent her fleeing the country, and withdraw help with litigation fees. Parliament must approve the decision.  

Mr Levin accused Ms Zoubi of betraying the country and said she must be put on trial. “What Zoubi did crossed the line and even in a democracy there must be red lines. Whoever sails to Hamas is a supporter of terror,” he said.  

Ms Zoubi responded: “They conducted a kangaroo court against me. They have called on the public to harm me.”  

An editorial in the liberal Haaretz newspaper warned yesterday that an atmosphere of “dangerous incitement” was developing against Israel’s Palestinian minority, a fifth of the population. Two other Arab MPs, Ahmed Tibi and Taleb al Sana, revealed that they too had received death threats.  

In addition to the removal of Ms Zoubi’s privileges, she is also facing the revocation of her citizenship. The measure has been used only twice before in Israel’s history — both times against Palestinian citizens accused of terrorism.  

Last week, Mr Yishai wrote to the attorney general asking for the go-ahead, saying Ms Zoubi had “headed a group of terrorists” and was “undoubtedly aware of the activists’ preparations for the attack against IDF troops. This is a premeditated act of treason.”  

Orna Kohn, a lawyer with Adalah, a legal centre for the country’s Palestinian minority, said Mr Yishai’s move was “uncharted legal territory” that could leave Ms Zoubi stateless, in violation of international law. “There is simply no precedent for revoking the citizenship of an MP,” she said.

After Ms Zoubi’s release last week, she said she had seen three passengers shot in the head by soldiers, and two more left to bleed to death. According to autopsies conducted in Turkey, five of the nine dead passengers were shot in the head, and many of the lethal shots were fired from close range.  

During her address to the parliament last week, Ms Zoubi called for an international investigation and demanded to know why Israel had not published photographs and video footage it confiscated from passengers that related to the nine dead and dozens of wounded.  

After the session, she said: “It was so hostile in the chamber that, had MPs been allowed to carry guns, I am sure someone would have shot me.”   Israel has been swept by rightwing demonstrations in support of the raid on the flotilla over the past few days.

A Hebrew Facebook page “Execute MP Haneen Zoubi” features a cartoon image of the MP with crosshairs on her forehead as the figure waves a Palestinian flag with a bloody Star of David at its centre.  

 Ms Zoubi said she had been surprised to learn that the armed bodyguard — normally reserved for government ministers and the head of state — was supposed to remain with her even inside the parliament chamber. “What does that say about the threat posed by my fellow MPs?”  

Four other leaders of Israel’s Palestinian community who were on the ships are being investigated by police. After the mass release of detainees last week, they were freed to house arrest but are banned from leaving the country.  

At his remand hearing, Sheik Raed Salah, a leader of Israel’s Islamic Movement, said of the flotilla episode: “The soldiers tried to kill me. They fired in the direction of someone else they thought was me.”  

Rumours circulating widely that Sheikh Salah had been killed in the commando raid eight days ago were not denied by Israeli officials and only ended when his family identified that a body brought to an Israeli hospital was not his.

Jonathan Cook, based in Nazareth, Israel is a winner of the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His latest books are Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East (Pluto Press) and Disappearing Palestine: Israel's Experiments in Human Despair (Zed Books). Read other articles by Jonathan, or visit Jonathan's website.

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  1. Rehmat said on June 8th, 2010 at 6:02pm #

    Israeli definition of loyalty is that one has to become a Zionist poodle like the great majority of Western leaders. Any non-Jew who dare to question Israeli line of thinking – has no right to live in this world. One learns this lesson from what the Jews did to Nixon, John f. Kennedy, Cynthia McKinney, Paul Findley, etc.

    A native Palestinian member of Israeli Knesset (parliament), Haneen Zoubi (Balad), has received death threats from the Zionazi terrorist groups for joining the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and may lose her seat (watch video below)……..

    Turkish 9/11 and more flotilla wars

  2. hayate said on June 8th, 2010 at 10:52pm #


    “Israeli definition of loyalty is that one has to become a Zionist poodle like the great majority of Western leaders. Any non-Jew who dare to question Israeli line of thinking – has no right to live in this world.”

    They definitely get upset when a mere gentile is insubordinate, that’s for sure. Either a person is totally with them, or they’re out. That applies to Jews, as well, and those they seem to hate the most are Jewish people and especially israeli Jewish people who expose their disgusting crimes and Judeosupremicist worldview.

  3. Mulga Mumblebrain said on June 9th, 2010 at 12:21am #

    Naturally none of this vicious, psychopathic, Nazi-like behaviour is published in the Zionist controlled Western mainstream media. Instead, and I proffer Rupert Moloch’s sewer as an example, the coverage could just as easily be taken directly from the Zionazi ‘Die Sturmer’,’ The Jerusalem Post’. The torrent of hatemongering in the Moloch Archipelago has begun to follow new, highly predictable, paths.Not only the hysterical Zionazi lies concerning the pirate attack and executions themselves, but also yet more sickening hatred directed at Islam in general, any critics of Zionazism in the West, at Iran, of course, but increasingly at Turkey. The lies are as blatant and arrogant as they have been for sixty years (in fact for centuries) put abroad by creatures for whom lying in the tribal cause is a religious and pathopsychological obligation. Turkey is plainly being set up for subversion,like scores of other states over centuries who upset the Herrenvolk of the West. And, as ever, the Judeofascist position is the same ‘Iron Wall’ that has been the Zionist unwavering policy for a century-no concessions whatsoever, will ever be offered to the ‘two-legged animals’, who, after all, like the rest of us goyim, have souls closer to those of animals than the souls of the Chosen People’, if I may paraphrase the revered Rabbi Kook the Elder.The problem with Israel is that a psychopathic state, ruled by a vicious, psychopathic elite, totally controlling through money power a psychopathic West increasingly desperate to continue its 500 year reign of terror and pillage over the rest of humanity, and driven by a psychotic interpretation of religion,will never reform itself, will never recoil in horror from its crimes. Instead, as this vile crime, and countless others show, Israel is descending into open fascism, of the crudest fundamentalist religious type, with greater and crueler atrocities bound to occur in the future simply because psychopaths act this way, seeking greater and greater ‘highs’ from progressively more vile abominations to get their kicks.

  4. mary said on June 9th, 2010 at 2:27am #

    Another phony bit of propaganda nailed by Max Blumenthal.

    There was also this video taken on the Mavi Marmara by a Turkish camera which escaped the IDF’s confiscation. Unfortunately my system will not allow it to be played so I assume it has been ‘got at’ by the usual suspects, so a WARNING. It must have been telling the truth!

    Good to see you back Mulga. I asked the other day if you knew anything about how many dual nationality Australians were involved in the attack. Paul McGeogh, Fairfax media, has said that he had involvement with two of them but I wondered about the numbers. Is it right that Australian calls mercenaries illegal but turns a blind eye to this activity? Perhaps you could elaborate.

    There is an Israeli petition the attacked and besieged Knesset MP Ms Zoubi which I signed, having translated it from the Hebrew. I will find the link and post it later.

  5. mary said on June 9th, 2010 at 2:34am #

    That should have read ‘There is an Israeli petition in support of the attacked and besieged Knesset MP Ms Zoabi……’

  6. mary said on June 9th, 2010 at 2:54am #

    And a reminder of what Perfidious Albion (and still Perfidious in 2010) said all those years ago:-

    Those 126 words –

    Dear Lord Rothschild,

    I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.

    “His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, *it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine,* or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

    I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

    Yours sincerely,

    Arthur James Balfour

  7. jon s said on June 9th, 2010 at 3:09am #

    mary, thanks, I signed the petition

  8. Mulga Mumblebrain said on June 9th, 2010 at 3:25am #

    Interesting mary. I’ve only read the Moloch sewers since I returned from holiday, so my diet(courtesy of the Zionist fanatic ‘Opinion Editor’ at ‘The Australian’, Rebecca Weisser, who succeeded another Zionist fanatic, Tom Switzer)has been essentially the psychopathic inversion of reality discourse of the Judeofascist Right. McGeough I know was on board the flotilla, and,if he encountered Australian Jews amongst the gangster killers, that would come as no surprise. The Zionists in Australia have latterly shed all pretence of ‘dual loyalty’ and have been displaying their true allegiance to the gangster terrorist state with touching candour. The expulsion of a Mossad killer from the country over the ‘stolen’ passports used in the ritual murder in Dubai aroused a storm of vitriol aimed at the Labor Government. The Opposition, with true opportunism, no doubt trawling for Jewish money for the coming election, and Zionist support in the media, took Israel’s side against our own security services. A familiar tale, throughout history. Those who the Jews buy, must show total obedience and loyalty, even before their own countries. How much more so Jews born here,who travel freely to Israel, serve in the Israeli Death Forces, killing, brutalising and oppressing the Palestinians and Lebanese, and who then often return to Australia without any questions daring to be asked. In 2006 Australians visiting Lebanon were amongst those targeted by the Israeli killers, yet these victims were treated by the media scum, and the political vermin of the Howard regime, as if they were the wrong-doers, the ‘terrorists’, for the crime of peacefully visiting relatives, while the coward-killers from 30,000 feet were strongly supported by their political stooges in both parties.
    When I see, day after day, year after year, the total control of Western media and politics by Rightwing Jews, and the manner in which their political stooges turn a blind eye to every atrocity, while vilifying Iran, Islam and Moslems, relentlessly, and at the same time killing millions of innocent victims, I tend to see the old ‘fabrications’ of ‘ The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ in a different light from the reflexive abuse usually reserved for these ‘fabrications’. As Henry Ford, not a fellow whose other opinions I necessarily agree with, observed, he did not know whether they were fakes or not, but they certainly described what he saw with his own eyes.

  9. mary said on June 9th, 2010 at 5:02am #

    Thanks Mulga. I take it you didn’t go to Israhell for your hols! and thanks Jon s for signing that petition.

    Yet another Arab Israeli MK is getting it in the neck.

    “You will find your end soon. You have only 180 day to live. Your death will be sudden and violent because of your opinions against Israel and Zionism. It is time to prepare your will. Your friends in terrorist organization will be happy to prepare an infirmary for the last days of your life”.

    This was a written death threat sent to the Arab-Israeli Knesset member Dr. Ahmad Al-Tibi by the American Zionist organization in New York “Pulsa Dinura”

  10. Rehmat said on June 9th, 2010 at 2:21pm #

    Israel daily Ha’aretz reported on November 28, 2007 that a poll conducted by the powerful pro-Israel US Jewish lobby group, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) showed that 50% of British adults who participated in the poll – believed that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their home country. One could understand their feelings considering that many of the top government and military positions (the US, Britain, France, Germany, etc.) have been held by Jews holding Israeli citizenship….

  11. mary said on June 10th, 2010 at 4:12am #

    Read this paragraph from the Wikipedia page describing 9mm ammunition, the sort that entered the heads and bodies of the nine victims of the IDF. Also remember that the autopsies revealed that 29 of the bullets were 9mm and that one was different. There are reports of six people still missing – were they killed and thrown overboard?

    ‘The energy of this cartridge is capable of imparting remote wounding effects known as hydrostatic shock in human-sized living targets.[9][10][16] The existence of this phenomenon was debated in the 1980s and early 1990s.[17][18][19] However, recent publication of human autopsy results has demonstrated brain hemorrhaging from fatal hits to the chest with 9mm bullets.[11]’

    Note how the shock from a hit to the body blasts the brain tissue. How vile especially when used on these unarmed civilians.

  12. mary said on June 10th, 2010 at 4:38am #

    Some good people here in Australia are running a newspaper advertising campaign.

    The graphic is especially good (