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  6/18/2014, Sivan 20, 5774

Opposition Head Slams Zoabi's 'Obscene' Support for Kidnappers


Israel's opposition leader, Labor party head Yitzhak Herzog, has joined condemnation of extremist Arab MK Hanin Zoabi, after she shocked Israelis by defending the abduction of three teens and saying that their kidnappers were not terrorists. In a letter to the Arab nationalist Balad party MK, Herzog compared her words to "price tagging", and said he viewed her statements "with the utmost severity".

"At the height of the campaign to return the boys, you chose to utter obscene words which supported the kidnapping," said Herzog. "These statements are harmful to peace and coexistence, no less than price tag acts," he added, referring to politically-motivated crimes committed by Jewish extremists.