Israel’s Culture Minister Miri Regev, Likud MK Hazan clash with Arab parliamentarian after she accuses opposition of hypocrisy over its failure to stand up against racism.
– Knesset Member Hazan to Zoabi, “You should go to prison and sit behind bars.”
By Moran Azulay
Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi of the Arab Joint List was slammed Wednesday by Culture Minister Miri Regev and Knesset Member Oren Hazan of the Likud party after accusing the opposition of hypocrisy over its failure to stand up against racism as it does against corruption issues.
“You should have boarded the Marmara again and travelled to Gaza,” Minister Regev said to Zoabi during a Knesset discussion on a bill barring police from making recommendations on indictments against public figures. “Go to Gaza, traitor,” she reiterated in Arabic.
“You and your friends should thank the state for honoring minorities,” Regev said. “You and your friends, (former Knesset Member (Azmi) Bishara and others have gotten used to enjoying what the state has to offer, travelling across the world and delegitimizing the state. Having Trojan horses like her is our punishment.
“Don’t you dare say a bad word about IDF soldiers,” Regev warned. “The fact that you’re still here is a stain on Israeli democracy.
“You people love death, we are moral,” she added.
Earlier, Zoabi told the Knesset: “This opposition is more hypocritical than the Right, creating a false impression of democracy.”
She was interrupted by MK Hazan, who shouted: “Will I forsake my state to this terrorist? To this criminal?”
Zoabi went on, arguing that “the opposition wants it all. They want to be liberal leftists and to maintain an oppression regime, they want to maintain an image of peace and to support apartheid. You can’t enjoy this feeling of enlightenment. In democracy, a war is a war against war crimes, against the occupation and in favor of the Palestinians’ rights.”
“You should go to prison and sit behind bars,” Hazan shouted, referring to Zoabi as “trash.” He later followed her around as she walked through the Knesset corridors, shouting: “Shoo, we’ll kick you out of here.”
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