Indictment Against Radical Arab MK Zoabi

After High Court trial over Knesset distancing order against Zoabi, indictment has been submitted against her for incitement against police.

Yishai Karov, Ari Yashar ,

Hanin Zoabi
Hanin Zoabi
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State Attorney Shai Nitzan on Tuesday evening was said to support submitting an indictment against pro-Hamas Arab MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad), according to Channel 10

According to the report, the indictment will be on charges of threatening police officers, after Zoabi verbally abused two Arab Israeli police officers in Nazareth, and urged Arab youths to attack them.

Now it is up to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to decide whether or not to finalize the indictment, a topic on which he is to hold discussions in the coming days, although reportedly there is a unanimous opinion in the state attorney's office that it should be done.

The indictment apparently will not be served for 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."

A High Court trial was held on Tuesday morning on a petition by Zoabi on the Knesset Ethics Committee's decision to bar her from Knesset plenum and committee sessions for six months.

In the hearing, Judge Hanan Meltzer noted that there is “no precedent in the entire world for a statement by a member of parliament that calls for a siege on his own country," like Zoabi did in one of the statements that led to her distancing.

Regarding the defense of the Hamas murder of the three teens, Judge Esther Hayut said: “I fail to understand how a person who defines herself as being opposed to violence can justify and understand people who kidnap children who are on their way home. This is a black sign. What is a person who kidnaps a child on the way from school and murders him in the car in cold blood? Is there another definition for him except 'terrorist'?”

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) explained on his Facebook page Tuesday night how in 2000 he submitted a change in the law, which would have prevented those supporting armed uprisings against Israel from running for the Knesset.

"In the 2003 elections I petitioned the Central Election Committee in a demand to disqualify (Balad founder and traitor MK Azmi) Bishara and the Balad movement," noted Katz. "The committee accepted my position, but the High Court disqualified the decision. Soon I will petition again to disqualify Hanin Zoabi and Balad."

"I hope that the High Court learned the lesson and will support the decision," added Katz.

A history of attacking Israel

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, and which she sought to petition in the Tuesday hearing.

Shortly after the June abduction, Zoabi published an article on Hamas's official website encouraging an Islamist uprising against Israel. She also recently was briefly handcuffed during violent pro-Palestinian protests in Haifa. 

More recently, she provoked anger after comparing the IDF to Islamic State (ISIS).