Zoabi denied entry to Russia

MK Hanin Zoabi temporarily refused entry to Russia after arriving without required permit.

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MK Hanin Zoabi (Joint List) was denied entry to Russia on Friday.

According to reports, Zoabi was refused entry by airport officials in Moscow because after she was found to be in possession only of her diplomatic passport, and did not have an entry permit as required.

The Israeli Embassy in Russia received notification of the delay and tried to help Zoabi enter the country. In the end, she was permitted to enter Russia.

The Foreign Ministry said in response, "The Israeli embassy in Russia received information and tried to help. Eventually she was permitted entry and we welcome this."

Zoabi is often controversial and is notorious for her anti-Israel actions and statements.

Last year, the Knesset Ethics Committee severely reprimanded her for her inflammatory comments in a plenum debate regarding the rapprochement deal with Turkey.

Zoabi started a brouhaha in the Knesset when she "celebrated" the Turkey deal, which included the payment of reparations to the families of the terrorists from the Mavi Marmara.

Zoabi, who was aboard the flotilla, said in the Knesset plenum debate that Israel's signing of the deal is an "admission of guilt of murder."

It was also reported several months ago that Zoabi flew to Jordan, in a trip funded by the Al-Quds Channel, which is affiliated with the Hamas terrorist organization.

Zoabi's trip was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Knesset, which is the authority in charge of approving such trips of MKs abroad.

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