Not even Zoabi's own party wants her

As the Balad party finalizes its list for the next elections, Haneen Zoabi is shoved down the ranks.

Yedidya Ben Or,

Hanin Zoabi
Hanin Zoabi
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Even as Knesset and government members work to oust anti-establishment MK Haneen Zoabi (Joint List), it seems clear that even her own party, Balad, doesn't want her around.

A Channel 2 report announced today that it seems Zoabi will not sit in the upcoming Knesset, after she was assigned a near-impossible position in the Balad list.

After internal party elections in June, followed by a meeting Saturday of the political committee of the party, the order of the election list was finalized.

20 candidates ran for a spot on the list; 13 were chosen. Of those, 6 are new.

The first position was handed to MK Dr. Jamal Zahalka, the second to Walid Anabtawi.

Zoabi was handed fifth place. In the standing 20th Knesset, Balad had only 3 seats.

A party activist welcomed the report in a tweet: "The seats need to be refreshed, and great that the road for Hanin Zoabi has been paved to leave!"

While some Arab extremists have firmly backed the pro-Hamas MK, other Israeli-Arabs have repeatedly expressed their dissatisfaction at the tendency of Zoabi - along with several other Arab MKs - to focus on anti-Israel publicity stunts at the expense of representing their actual constituents' more "mundane" needs.