The Israel Police have arrested three relatives of Mohammed Zoabi, 17, of Nazareth, who uploaded a video to Facebook in which he expressed support for Israel's efforts to free the three abducted yeshiva students.
The three relatives, who were upset by the video, are to be arraigned Tuesday morning.
In the video, Zoabi addresses Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and says: “To Bibi and his entire government, I say – wake up and stop cooperating with terrorists. The Palestinian Authority is the biggest terrorist.
"On the day before yesterday, these three youths were abducted,” he continued, “and tomorrow it could be me, you or any other Israeli – Arab or Jewish. I am an Israeli and will remain an Israeli. Israel will remain a Jewish and democratic country." He concluded with the traditional Jewish salutation, "Am Yisrael chai.”
Later Tuesday, Zoabi took to social media to thank the outpouring of support for his message, but stated that he has received a "large number of death threats" and will now be keeping a low profile.
Boldly going where few Israeli Arabs have gone before
The courageous Zoabi recently stated in a unique interview that he is a Zionist and loves the state of Israel.
"I really believe that I'm a lucky Arab and a lucky human being and a lucky Middle Eastern[er] that I was born in this little tiny piece of land!”, he stated. Pointing to the Golan Heights from the window of his interviewer's home, in the Israeli community of Massad, he noted how bad life is beyond the border, for Syrians.
Muhammad's enthusiastic Zionism is made all the more intriguing by the fact that he is related to notorious anti-Zionist MK Hanin Zoabi, of the Arab-nationalist Balad party.