MK Zoabi: 'I Don't Want Quiet, I Want Struggle'

Radical pro-Hamas MK calls for violence to continue on Israeli TV, says Temple Mount 'only for Muslims.'

Ari Yashar,

Hanin Zoabi
Hanin Zoabi
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Radical Arab MK Hanin Zoabi of the Joint List said on Israeli TV Friday morning that she doesn't want "quiet," in a direct call for continued terrorist attacks in the midst of a rising wave of Arab terror.

"I don't want quiet in the shadow of the occupation, I want a struggle," Zoabi told Channel 10, using a term commonly used for Arab violence and terrorist attacks.

The pro-Hamas MK added that "what doesn't go through the brain (i.e. reason - ed.) maybe will go by force," in a call for violence that rhymes in Hebrew.

Zoabi also referenced the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, during which Arab rioters have been attacking police with rocks and explosives from the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

"Palestinians in Israel want to prevent rioters from entering Al-Aqsa," she claimed, apparently saying that Arab citizens of Israel are trying to quiet the rioting.

However, she soon clarified that the "rioters" she was referring to are Jewish MKs who visit the holy site, saying, "we are in favor of freedom of religion, but those for whom it is natural for them to enter Al-Aqsa are only the Muslims."

Her comment follows Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's ban on MKs visiting the Temple Mount, a ban he originally applied to Jewish MKs but that he later clarified extends to Arab ones as well.

Zoabi and other members of her party have often stirred up riots on the Temple Mount, and her stance - that the holiest site in Judaism where the First and Second Temples stood long before Islam was created must be free of Jews - has led to comparisons in the Knesset between her position and Nazi ideology.

Zoabi was let off the hook after taking part in the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla that included a terrorist attack on IDF soldiers, and she remains in the Knesset despite efforts to have her disqualified for her overt support of Hamas.




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