Zoabi: Israel is a 'Terror State'

Arab MKs, flock to anti-Israel protest; there, MK Zahalka says presence of Jewish Temple on Temple Mount is a 'myth.'

Uzi Baruch, Tova Dvorin, | updated: 14:10

Hanin Zoabi
Hanin Zoabi
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Arab MKs are among the Israeli Arabs readying to protest in Umm Al-Fahm Friday, as frustrations build in the Arab city over the Temple Mount and the shooting of terrorist Hir Alhamdan in Kafr Kana. 

Participants not only include Umm Al-Fahm residents, but also MKs Hanin Zoabi (Balad), MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad), and MK Afu Agbaria (Hadash) - as well as Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked northern Islamic movement. 

Speaking to reporters Friday afternoon, Zoabi defiantly stated, "we are not afraid of Israel, the terror state." 

Zahalka, meanwhile, encouraged the total closure of the Temple Mount - Judaism's holiest site which Muslims claim under the label "the Al-Aqsa Mosque" - to Jews. 

"Al-Aqsa is a tangible reality, while the [first and second Jewish] Temple there is a myth," Zahalka claimed. "Any attempt to damage Al-Aqsa will bring greater escalation."

"Anyone who wants tensions to calm [there] should allow [Muslim] prayer there [to resume] and stop pyromaniacs and provocateurs of all sorts from ascending to it," he added. 

This is not the first time that Zahalka and Zoabi have openly participated in anti-Israel rallies.

In August, both MKs attended a Hamas "victory rally" in Kafr Kabul in the Galilee. At the rally, Zoabi claimed she was "Palestinian." 

"We are part of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian resistance in Gaza, which failed all Israeli targets, both military and political," Zoabi boasted to reporters at the scene. "The Palestinian people is still occupied, however, and we cannot break it by force - only through a just political solution and ending the siege and the occupation."

"We cannot separate [as Israeli Arabs - ed.] from the resistance of the Palestinian people, it is part of us," she continued. "Thus, they will end the resistance only when there is an end to their oppression, and you cannot break them in their steadfastness."


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