Zoabi receives probation for insulting Arab police

Firebrand Arab MK to receive six months probation and pay 3,000 shekel fine for confrontation with police in Nazareth in July 2014.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Hanin Zoabi
Hanin Zoabi
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The Nazareth Magistrates Court sentenced MK Hanin Zoabi (Joint List) on Sunday to six months probation and a 3,000 shekel fine for a July 2014 confrontation in the northern city. 

As part of a deal with prosecutors, Zoabi pleaded guilty in December to the charge of insulting public officials over comments she made during the clash. 

The plea bargain enabled her to avoid the far more serious charge of incitement, in return for surrendering her parliamentary immunity, admitting to the lesser charge and making a public apology.

The incident during which the offense took place occurred outside the Nazareth District Court, as part of a demonstration in support of several Arab youths being tried for rioting following the murder of Arab teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir by Jewish extremists. 

At around 17:00, Zoabi - accompanied by relatives and attorneys of the accused - confronted two Arab police officers stationed outside the court, and began shouting in Arabic, urging bystanders to confront the officers.

Among other things, Zoabi called on bystanders to "spit in their faces - those who cooperate with the oppressors of our people ...we need to wipe the floor with them! Don't hold their hands, don't let them live among us - they should fear us!" 

One of the people present in the crowd filmed the confrontation and later posted the video online, prompting the charges against Zoabi. 

According to the indictment, "Zoabi's remarks hurt police officers doing their jobs, humiliated them and made them feel threatened. Through these actions, the defendant insulted police officers, who are public employees, as they performed their duties."

The firebrand MK is also currently in danger of facing disciplinary action over a meeting last week with the families of terrorist murderers.

In an unprecedented move, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein announced Thursday they would file a personal complaint with the Knesset Ethics Committee against Zoabi and two other Arab MKs who attended the meeting.