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Israel is the aggressor not a victim: Arab Knesset member

The outspoken Haneen Zoabi says that last week's Burgas attacks is an outcome of violent policies by Israel, condemns Tel Aviv's endeavors to arrange a moment of silence for Munich athletes at London 2012

Ahram Online, MENA , Friday 27 Jul 2012
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Israeli Arab lawmaker Hanin Zoabi who was on board of the Gaza-bound flotilla when it was raided by Israeli forces Monday, speaks to the press in Nazareth, northern Israel, Tuesday, 1 June 2010. (Photo:AP)
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Haneen Zoabi, a Knesset member with Balad, a left-wing Arab nationalist party, told students at Jordan College in Haifa - in northern Israel - that last week's attacks on Israeli tourists on a bus in Bulgaria is a natural outcome of the occupation policies adopted by the self-proclaimed Jewish state, reported the Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

Zoabi said Israel is "not a victim", as the killing of its civilians represents the price of the government's aggressive foreign policies.

Zoabi, moreover, condemned the Israeli attempts to arrange one minute of silence during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics to mark the murder of 11 Israeli Olympic team members at the 1972 Summer Games.

"If there was no occupation, oppression or siege, the attacks would not have occurred; the Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers deserve to be saluted as well," Zoabi added.

The bombing of the bus at Bulgaria's Burgas airport on the Black Sea killed five Israeli tourists and injured more than 30, Israel's foreign ministry said, in what was the deadliest attack on Israelis abroad since 2004.

The attack came on the anniversary of an attack on a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994 that killed 85 people and wounded 300. That attack was also blamed on Iran, which denied the charge.

Last July, the Knesset Ethics Committee stripped Zoabi of her key privileges for participating in the Gaza flotilla trying to break the blockade on Gaza Strip.

Such privileges included her right to take part in all Knesset discussions, diplomatic passport, and parliamentary funding for legal defence.  They also took away her parliamentary privilege to leave the country even if she is wanted in connection with a felony.

Zoabi described the decision as "an automatic right-wing, racist majority.” The Arab Israeli lawmaker appealed to the Supreme Court, but it was not immediately clear when the court would rule.

The petition, filed by Arab Israeli rights group Adalah and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel on behalf of Zoabi, said parliament had exceeded its powers.

"Revoking MP Zoabi's rights would create a dangerous precedent that allows the majority’s representatives to punish the minority’s representatives for political activity with which they disagree," they said in a statement. "Such a precedent could shake the foundations of the right to freedom of political expression."

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Samuel Prime
29-07-2012 12:16am
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She sounds like Ahmadinejad
She's entitled to her views, but she sounds like Ahmadinejad and the islamist iranian state who are racist.
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Jon
28-07-2012 02:37pm
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Death panalty for beeing an Isreali?
The comments that "attacks on Israeli tourists on a bus in Bulgaria is a natural outcome" borders on racism. What ever one thinks about Isreal's politics, everybody must strongly condemn the murder of civilians. It is wrong when Israel kills civilians in Gaza, whether intended or not. But this does not in any way legitimize the murder of Isreali civilians. "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" is a dreadful rule anyway, and a recipe for an unending feud in the Middle East. But taking revenge on uninvolved civilians, who for all we know might actually be critical of the Isreali occupation, amounts to a death penalty on simply beeing a jew, without any guilt beeing proven, without any charge, evidence or process.
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daniel
27-07-2012 10:19pm
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MP Zoabi'
wow .... when that womens will be lifted from the knessed,and brougth to justice ,for relation ship with murders and terrorists? what goes on? send this evil to gaza and let here open her mouth by the donkeys. zoabi,,, shame on you taking the money from israel (salarie) and coordinating with terrorrists
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Bruce Mirvis
27-07-2012 07:13pm
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Really???!!!
What about a 1948 war. Israel was NOT occupying West Bank or Gaza or anything else you might think of.Why did Arabs declare war on Israel literally 24 hours later after israel come into being. Moreover, tell me also if you may, why did Palestinians massacred 68 Jews in Hebron in 1929? Can Zoabi answer that??
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Hind
29-07-2012 02:47am
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Israel is the agressor is an euphemism
In what Balkan barn did you learn History? You're a joke..Trrorisme was introduced in Palestine by the Stern Gang of Ytzhak Shamir and the Irgune of Menahem Begin.. remember Deir Yassin? That is what went on in Palestine since 1940. as for Hebron 1920, read the account of the British Mandate court, Palestinians saved 165 Jews hiding the in their homes at great dangers for themselvs
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David Simantob
27-07-2012 06:49pm
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Can you imagine an Arab country having a free election and electing a non-Muslim who would be free enough to attack the policies of that Arab country? How long before a fatwa would be declared asking for his (there would never be a "her") head? Criticize Israel all you want, but the very fact that there is an Arab parlementary member free enough to say such non-sense points to how free Israel is and how far the Arab world is behind.
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