Danon to Demand That Zoabi be Disqualified

MK Danny Danon announces he filed a request to disqualify Arab MK Hanin Zoabi from running in the next election.

Elad Benari ,

MK Zoabi
MK Zoabi
Israel news photo: Flash 90

MK Danny Danon (Likud) announced on Sunday that he has filed a request with the Central Elections Committee to disqualify Arab MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) from running in the next election.

Zoabi is one of several Arab MKs who constantly act and speak against the State of Israel, despite the fact that they sit as elected members of its parliament.

Zoabi was aboard the Mavi Marmara during the 2010 Gaza flotilla which was organized by IHH terrorists. Her fellow passengers sought to lynch Israeli naval commandos who boarded the ship in accordance with international maritime law.

It is widely believed Zoabi could not have been unaware that the attempted murder of Israeli soldiers was about to occur, but took no action to stop the attack or warn the soldiers. The soldiers, who first attempted to use less-than-lethal arms to defend themselves, were eventually forced to use live fire resulting in the deaths of nine Turkish nationals.

Last December, a photo was published which shows Zoabi rubbing elbows with well-known Hamas figures. The photo, recovered with a cache of intelligence data, shows Zoabi alongside four known Hamas members, two of whom have served time in Israeli prisons for alleged involvement in a terror organization.

Zoabi has also made veiled threats for a Third Intifadaparticipated in riots, and characterized terrorism against Jewish Israelis as "understandable."

“The heroine of the Marmara belongs in prison and not in the legislature,” Danon told Arutz Sheva of his decision to work to ensure Zoabi does not run for the next Knesset. He added that he believes his request will be accepted by the Central Election Committee but added that the real difficulty will be when Zoabi appeals to the Supreme Court against her disqualification.

He added that he intends to present to the Court pictures of Zoabi aboard the Mavi Marmara and photos from a ceremony honoring terrorists freed in the deal to release Gilad Shalit, in which she had taken part.

Danon said that several members of the U.S. Congress with whom he had spoken were shocked to hear about the positive treatment Zoabi continues to receive in the Knesset after she was on the Marmara. One member, Danon said, told him that if something similar had happened with a U.S. Congressman, that person would have immediately been ejected from Congress.

“Can you imagine a U.S. Congressman travelling onboard an Al-Qaeda ship?” said Danon, who added that he is not afraid of his request being labelled as personal against Zoabi.

“I have no problem with claims that this is personal,” he said, noting that Zoabi has become a symbol of the Arab MKs’ anti-Israel activities and, as such, the efforts should be focused against her personally.