Jul 28 2010
Tell me again, why Arab Muslims are allowed to be part of the Israeli government?
‘Israeli Arab’ MK Hanan Zouabi, branded a traitor who recently had many of her Knesset privileges lifted for being aboard the Mavi Marmara when passengers attacked IDF troops, has told Britain’s al-Guardian that Israel is ‘playing with fire’ and risking a THIRD INTIFADA.
Israel could ignite a third intifada if it continues to push its 1.2 million Arab citizens into a corner, claims Haneen Zoabi, the Arab member of the Knesset vilified for joining the Gaza aid flotilla.
Zoabi said, “We accepted a democratic, liberal state, we voted for the Knesset. But we are not just an internal issue – we are the litmus test of the whole problem. If Israel does not recognise this, conditions will deteriorate towards a third intifada.”
But she rejected any suggestion that Israel’s Arab citizens supported violence. (HAH!) But a Hamas leader suggested her community could be used during civil unrest as a fifth column, conducting sabotage against the Israeli state. Mohammed Arman, a senior Hamas commander, had said, in a book smuggled out of his Israeli jail, that the role of Palestinian citizens of Israel would be to “harass the occupiers, disrupt their daily routine and undermine their confidence”.
Zoabi said: ” I did not break any laws by being on the Mavi Marmara” – the Turkish ship which was seized by Israeli forces as it attempted to break the siege of Gaza.
When she returned to Israel following the raid on the flotilla in which nine activists were killed, Zoabi, who represents the Arab political party Balad, faced death threats, and was jostled and sworn at in the Knesset chamber. She was also stripped of three parliamentary privileges. “I did not even break Knesset rules. The result is they are trying to change the law to de-legitimise me and my people.”
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel says 14 bills, now working their way through the Israeli parliament, are antidemocratic. These range from demands that Arab citizens swear loyalty to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, to a bill threatening imprisonment or financial sanctions for marking the event Nakba (an Arabic word connoting disaster or catastrophe, used to describe Israel’s war of independence) with protests, and a bill that criminalises starting up or developing boycotts against Israel. (It’s about time)
Zoabi said that under this pressure her community was changing from one that saw itself as fighting for its civil rights to one that was part and parcel of the Palestinian struggle. “It took us 40 years for us to admit that we were even Palestinians. (You are not Palestinians, you are just Arabs, there is no Palestine) Another 15 years passed before we realised that the peace process started under Oslo had been a disaster. (You can thank Yassir Arafat for that) But the carrot-and-stick approach failed, and now we see Israel is prepared to throw away its liberal side to control us. We were passive once and now we are becoming active about our national identity,” Zoabi said. (Y0u have no national identity because you have no nation. Get out of Israel and go back to the country that the UN declared to be Palestine – JORDAN)
* SECOND INTIFADA BUS BOMBING IN JERUSALEM (WARNING: Graphic Images)