Former MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari led a group of nationalist activists on Tuesday afternoon on their way to Nazareth, with the intention of presenting a "deportation order" they drafted to Arab MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad).
Zoabi sparked shock and outrage in Israel after saying in an interview Tuesday that the "kidnappers are not terrorists," referring to the abduction of three Israeli teenagers last Thursday by Hamas terrorists. Zoabi went on to claim that the kidnappers had a right to fight Israel by kidnapping children because "they have no other choice". MKs have discussed taking legal action against Zoabi in response.
But Ben-Ari, activist Baruch Marzel, Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir and anti-assimilation group Lehava Director Bentzi Gopshtain went a step further; the four drafted the "deportation order" and called on Facebook for those wishing to join in presenting it to gather at the entrance to Nazareth Ilit at 7 p.m., with the intention to proceed to Zoabi's house.
The "order" drafted by the four forbids Zoabi from being in the territory of "the western state of Israel," a reference to Jordan which was designated to be the eastern part of the Jewish state in the 1917 Balfour Declaration.
"The validity of this order should have begun on May 14, 1948 (the declaration of Israeli independence), but uncontrollable circumstances caused it to be impossible to carry it out on that date," reads the tongue-in-cheek order.
Therefore, the "order" continued, it would be in effect from this Tuesday at 6 p.m., with no option of appeal. The document was signed by the four activists "in the name of the Jewish people to all its generations."
In a video posted to Ben-Ari's Facebook around 8 p.m., the former MK speaking from Nazareth said sardonically: "Whoever threatens us and supports terrorists against us, we'll act against them as needed. We'll send them to the democracy of Syria, to the democracy of Saudi Arabia, there are many democracies... they can go there, here is the land of the Jews."
Ben-Ari is known as an outspoken figure who is not shy of controversy. On Sunday he called for hourly public hangings of jailed terrorists until the kidnapped teenagers were returned, noting that Israeli law already allows for the death penalty, even though it is not implemented.