Daily Israel Report

Zionist Arab's Family Planned to Abduct Him for Opposing Kidnap

Details emerge in case of Nazareth youth Mohammed Zoabi, threatened for recording a video of support for kidnapped teens.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 6/17/2014, 10:23 PM

Mohammed Zoabi
Mohammed Zoabi
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Three relatives of a Muslim Arab youth Mohammed Zoabi from Nazareth, who expressed his support for the abducted yeshiva students in a Facebook video, planned to abduct him to the PA-controlled city of Jenin and harm him there, according to police.

Three suspects were arrested Tuesday and brought before a judge for arraignment.

They claimed they never meant to carry out their threats, but said they only wanted to "warn" the youth not to continue expressing opinions that are seen as controversial in his family and in Arab society in general.

Zoabi, who defines himself as a Zionist, was not present at the hearing and his mother said that he would not give interviews to the press, NRG said.

He published a video Saturday in which addressed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: “To Bibi and his entire government, I say – wake up and stop cooperating with terrorists," he said. "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.”

On Tuesday, he 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.