Wednesday, 2 June 2010

MK Regev: Arab MK on Gaza Flotilla a Traitor
Reported: 14:37 PM - Jun/02/10

Israel's first female Arab Knesset member, Hanin Zoabi of the Balad party was called a traitor by female Likud Knesset member Miri Regev. Zoabi returned to Israeli soil after being on the first ship attempting to dock in Gaza. She was present Wednesday at a Knesset session.

Regev stated, "Zoabi is party to a double crime – joining terrorists and a moral crime against the State of Israel. She must be punished. We don’t need Trojan horses in the Knesset." Regev then shouted at Zoabi in Arabic, "Go to Gaza, traitor." Zoabi said in an interview last week aboard the flotilla said that she identified more with Gazans than with Israelis.

Minister Shalom: Expel Raed Salah, MK Zouabi

Reported: 18:16 PM - Jun/02/10    

Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom has called to expel MK Haneen Zouabi and Islamic Leader Raed Salah, if necesary, for taking part in the Gaza terror flotilla. "We must bring MK Zouabi and Raed Salah to justice and, if necessary, even deny them citizenship and expel them," he said.

Shalom also addressed the diplomatic crisis with Turkey. "We should handle Turkey firmly, there is no reason to stammer." According to Shalom, Turkey's Prime Minister has imperial ambitions in the Middle East, "Turkey ruled this area for 400-500 years less than one hundred years ago.To revive the Ottoman Empire is one of his goals, just as Achmadinejad has ambitions to revive the Persian Empire."


Rare Jewish Unity as Naval Showdown Spills Over into Knesset

by Gil Ronen     June 2, 2010      

Monday's high seas showdown between Muslim jihadis and Israel Navy commandos reached the Knesset plenum Wednesday, and four parliamentarians – one Jewish, the others Arab – were ejected in the course of the fiery debate. The session centered upon MK Hanin Zouabi (Balad), who had been on one of the flotilla boats. When Zoabi got up to speak, MK Anastasia Michaeli (Israel Our Home) tried to physically remove her from the rostrum.

The emotions evoked by the bloody maritime clash broke down some of the traditional barriers between left and right in the Knesset, and seems to have created some rare Jewish unanimity. Arab MKs found themselves under attack not only from Jewish parliamentarians from Likud and more nationalist parties, but also from the left-leaning Kadima. The Knesset Speakers - first Carmel Shama, then Ruby Rivlin - tried in vain to address the plenum from the dais, as the shouting and heckling grew wild.

MK Miri Regev (Likud) expressed her anger at Zouabi in Arabic: “Go to Gaza, traitor!” She also called her a “Trojan horse.” MK Danny Danon (Likud) called out to Zouabi: “You belong in the jailhouse and not the legislature!”

MK Michael Ben Ari (National Union) held up his diplomatic passport and said that Knesset Members like Zouabi and Ahmed Tibi should not be allowed to hold such passports. MK Yisrael Hasson (Kadima) called Zouabi “a shedder of blood” and warned that the Arab leaders in the Knesset shed blood and lead their people to disaster.

MK Yochanan Plesner (Kadima) addressed Zouabi with a suggestion that she go spend a week in Gaza “and we will see how they treat you there. We will see if you talk about human rights and women's rights. We will see how you get by there, as a 34-year-old single woman.”

MK Aryeh Bibi (Kadima) shouted at the Arab MKs that their very presence is a disgrace to the other Knesset Members. He suggested to Zouabi that she grab a pneumatic tube and float on it down to Gaza.

Fellow Kadima member Yulia Shmuelov called out in Zouabi's direction: “You are parliamentary spies!”

MK Moshe Matalon (Israel Our Home) chanted “Traitor, traitor” at MK Muhammad Barakeh (Hadash). MK Eli Aflalo (Kadima) gave a short address which he ended by saying, “I am ashamed that you are Knesset Members in this Knesset.”

MK David Rotem (Israel Our Home) called the Arab MKs “wicked,” reminding them that “Gilad Shalit is being held by the ones whom you represent and you have never said a word or mentioned Gilad Shalit from this plenum.”

Zoabi herself maintained an amused expression and appeared, at least outwardly, to enjoy the attention. When she got up to speak herself the commotion reached fever pitch, as most MKs left the plenum and others shouted, “We will not let the traitor speak!”  MK Anastasia Michaeli tried to remove Zoabi from the rostrum, but Knesset guards prevented this.

Arab MK Ibrahim Sarsur (Raam-Taal) called out “murderer” at one of the Jewish MKs and was pushed out of the plenum by the security personnel. The debate was recessed to allow spirits to calm.