Member of Knesset Ofir Akunis, the Likud representative on the Central Elections Committee, submitted a formal request to Committee Chairman Elyakim Rubinstein, Sunday, to disqualify Knesset member Hanin Zoabi (Balad-Arab National Democratic Assembly) from running in January's Knesset election. MK Akunis received the 13 signatures of committee members required by law and a detailed petition, with testimony and documents, will be filed in the coming days.
Zoabi has been consistently critical of the state. She was on board the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, which tried to break the naval blockade of Gaza in 2010. Nine Turkish citizens were killed when terrorists aboard the ship attacked Israeli commandos boarded the vessel to divert it away from Gaza. By the time the commandos gained the upper hand, more than 37 people were wounded, including a number of security personnel.