Al Abunimah’s Latest Own Goal

Today, there was pandemonium in the Knesset, after MK Hanin Zoabi branded IDF soldiers ‘murderers’ for the Gaza flotilla raid.

A large commotion broke out on the floor of the Knesset on Wednesday afternoon after MK Hanin Zoabi (Joint Arab List) said regarding the Turkey reconciliation deal, “The person who murdered is the one who needs to apologize. You need to apologize.”

MKs Mickey Levy (Yes Atid), Micky Rosenthal (Zionist Union), Basel Ghattas (Joint Arab List), and Zehava Galon (Meretz) were removed from the plenum. Levy yelled at Zoabi, “(You) filth!” During the brouhaha, visiting IDF soldiers were observing in the gallery.

The turmoil mounted after Zoabi finished speaking. She asked to return to the podium to apologize, but she then repeated her earlier sentiments: “As long as there is a blockade (on Gaza), I will object to the blockade, and there’s a need to organize more flotillas.”

MK Oren Hazan (Likud) confronted her, “Your friends are murderers; you’re complicit in terrorism. You’ve got some nerve. Time’s up. You don’t use that podium to speak against IDF soldiers.” Zoabi replied, “You committed murder! Murderers! Shut up!”

Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) insisted that Zoabi cease, and the inflamed orator answered, “Come and hit me, Aliza; come and hit me!”

At this point, Levy physically approached the podium and tried to get Zoabi to stop speaking. Some other parliamentarians yelled at her, “Liar”, “Filth,” and “You belong in Gaza.”

Hazan yelled at her, “You support terrorism; you encourage terrorism; you have blood on your hands.” Hamad Amar (Yisrael Beytenu), who was chairing the session, ordered Zoabi to rescind her inflammatory speech: “If you don’t apologize, I’ll remove you.” Zoabi replied, “The person who murdered is the one who needs to apologize. Nine activists were murdered; you need to apologize and end the blockade on Gaza.”

Levy yelled, “Scum!” Amar ordered the Knesset’s ushers to remove Zoabi from the plenum, crying out, “Remove Member of Knesset Zoabi! Take her outside!” When she resisted, the ushers employed physical force. Levy came a few meters from Zoabi and yelled, “Scum outside! Scum!”

MK Ilan Gilon (Meretz) was also removed from the plenum after saying, “This entire Knesset is trash.”

After Zoabi was removed, Amar said, “Member of Knesset Zoabi lied to me. She said to me, ‘I want to apologize.’ She told me explicitly. She lied to the chairman of a Knesset session.”

Not the finest moment in Knesset history, but let’s be real. It is ridiculous that Zoabi, an elected member of the Knesset, should work like this to undermine the state of Israel. Her loyalties obviously lie elsewhere, which is a major problem. Although she seems to enjoy the benefits of living in Israel, whether it be her job as an MK or just enjoying the simple things in life here.

Enter Hamas fanboy Ali “Abumination” Abunimah, who besides branding the Knesset members as racists (I am hard-pressed to find anything racist in those statements above), scored a hell of an own goal with these tweets.

He might have put the words “democracy” and “lawmakers” in quotation marks, but he also directed attention to the fact that Zoabi is a member of the Knesset, and had her time to say her piece (no matter how disgusting that “piece” was).

So thank you Ali for spreading the news to your followers, many of whom live in Middle Eastern countries where women cannot even drive or enter public life at all, let alone be a member of the parliament.

It’s enough to make you retreat back to the farm.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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