A-G Mulling Trying Zoabi for Incitement

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein considering placing radical Arab MK on charges of incitement to violence and insulting a public official.

Shlomo Pitrikovski and Elad Benari,

Hanin Zoabi
Hanin Zoabi
Hadas Parush/Flash 90

The Northern District Attorney's Office on Tuesday told lawyers representing Arab MK Hanin Zoabi, that Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is considering placing her on trial, pending a hearing, on charges of incitement to violence and insulting a public official.

Weinstein’s decision comes following the recommendation of State Attorney Shai Nitzan, and after Weinstein held consultations on the issue.

The charges are related to an incident in Nazareth, where Zoabi verbally abused two Arab Israeli police officers and urged Arab youths to attack them.

The indictment does not include other notorious incidents, which include her defending the Hamas terrorists who abducted and murdered three Israeli teens on June 12, saying they weren't "terrorists" and justifying their actions as a "legitimate" way to "fight the occupation."

Zoabi has a long history of radical anti-Israel statements made from her position as a member of Israel's Knesset.

Among other things she has said that Israel has “no right to a normal life,” and that “the Israeli occupation” was behind the murder of Israelis in Bulgaria. She has also declared that Israel should "thank her" for allowing Jews to live in the Jewish state. 

Her comments justifying the murder of the three Israeli teens eventually earned her a six-month ban from the Knesset plenum, which she recently began serving.

MK Danny Danon (Likud) has been collecting signatures from members of Israel's Central Elections Committee to bar the radical Zoabi from running in the next elections, in light of her "consistent" statements in support of terrorism and against the existence of the State of Israel.

Before the 2013 election, the Central Elections Committee banned Zoabi from running for the Knesset, under a clause requiring candidates and parties not to work against Israel's character as a Jewish, democratic state. However, the Supreme Court later overturned the decision and allowed Zoabi to run.




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