Video: All hell breaks loose in Knesset as Zoabi demands apology following Israel-Turkey agreement

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Israel’s parliament sank into bedlam yesterday as the Joint List’s Hanin Zoabi addressed the recent rapprochement between Israel and Turkey over the flotilla raid and demanded an apology for a 2010 session in Knesset where Zoabi was shouted down as a “terrorist” for her comments on the deadly attack. This time, members of government once again jumped out of their seats, with more than a dozen rushing towards Zoabi, yelling “terrorist”– to which she responded, “hit me!”

An official in the Zoabi’s faction described the scene as the most volatile inside of the Knesset halls in recent memory.

“Everyone who works there was really shook up, they really thought there would be a riot,” said the official, adding “the chaos in the end involved everyone.”

A video of the hearing shows security intervening, yet unable to control the room. Several members of Knesset are recorded approaching Zoabi, shouting “filth” and “terrorist.”

Zoabi was on stage during the bulk of the upheaval. She was giving an address in a plenary hearing on the recent agreement between Israel and Turkey. The deal ended tense relations, which began in 2010 after Israeli commandos killed 10 Turkish citizens aboard an aid convoy headed to Gaza, in an operation to commandeer the ships (Israel controls maritime entry into the Strip, and stated at the time the boats were attempting illegal entry).

“Israel did not disengage from Gaza. Israel cut off Gaza from the world and life,” said Zoabi today, according to a copy of her speech released by her party. Zoabi then honed in on her peers, demanding they apologize for a 2010 cantankerous session in Knesset where Zoabi was shouted down as a “terrorist” for her comments on the deadly raid.

Zoabi was one of the passengers aboard the aid vessels.

While Zoabi’s speech began with a calm audience, until Oren Hazan, a parliamentarian from the Prime Minister’s Likud party, interrupted.

“You’re the nation’s [biggest] inciter,” Hazan said--as quoted by Arutz Sheva–continuing “you’re the most dangerous. You support terror, you hypocrite. Go to Gaza”

“I want an apology, and I want compensation, and I will contribute it to the children of Gaza, and the next flotillas,” Zoabi said.

“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,” Hazan added, to which Zoabi replied, “You committed murder! Murderers! Shut up!” reported Israel’s Ynet News.

Rapidly other politicians joined, some to Zoabi’s defense.

Zoabi and Aliza Lavie from the Yesh Atid faction exchanged words over a cacophony of insults, with Zoabi baiting, “Come and hit me, Aliza; come and hit me,” reported Ynet News.

At least four members of Knesset were escorted out of the room.

Following the outbursts, several current and former members of government not present for the disarray weighed in over social media. Former head of Israel’s intelligence service Avi Dichter said of Zoabi over social media, “She’s not even worthy of being a lion’s food in a circus”:

Knesset member Ofir Akunis told YNet News, “Hanin Zoabi is a terrorist—a terrorist,” adding, “We are proud of our soldiers. We salute our soldiers. We are proud of the force that gained control of the Marmara and prevented the breach of the blockade on Gaza; and with the agreement [with Turkey], the blockade on Gaza will continue.”

The official from the Zoabi’s Joint List told Mondoweiss, “the easiest way to get some love from your right-wing base is to stage a fight with an Arab MK.”

A similar outburst in Knesset took place in 2010 following the Israeli raid of the flotilla headed towards Gaza. Zoabi was again speaking on stage when the disruption ensued. At that time she called for an international investigation into Israel’s shootings of the Turkish nationals. While talking, her peers accused her of being a “terrorist” and harboring knives.

Referring to that incident while speaking this morning, Zoabi said Israel’s payout to Turkey was vindicated the statements she made six years ago to Knesset.

“The real criminals are those who turned the Gaza Strip into a prison: a prison where every day there is no stable electricity, and no clean water,” she said today.

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  1. chocopie
    June 30, 2016, 11:48 am

    She’s amazing. So brave.

    • Annie Robbins
      June 30, 2016, 12:35 pm

      i agree! and this was exactly what came to my mind when Oren Hazan started screaming:

      “the easiest way to get some love from your right-wing base is to stage a fight with an Arab MK.” –

      i thought to myself ‘he’s trying to make a name for himself’.

    • CigarGod
      July 1, 2016, 10:20 am

      Yes, I suppose brave.
      But brave like The Time Machine scientist trying to reason with Morlocks.

    • Pixel
      July 4, 2016, 12:14 pm

      Chocopie, +10K

  2. amigo
    June 30, 2016, 12:35 pm

    Those God will destroy , he first makes insane.”

    A glimpse into the downfall and eventual disappearance of Zionism from this universe.

    This Knesset belongs to Jews only and any non Jew needs to stfu or get out.A winning strategy—not.

    Given the display of some of these zionist freaks , I would worry about the safety of this very brave woman.

  3. Marnie
    June 30, 2016, 1:15 pm

    Oren Hazan – this is you brain on drugs.

    MK Hazan, demoted over sex, drugs and gambling allegations …
    http://www.jpost.com/…/Likud-MK-Oren-Hazan-planning-legal-action-a

    Likud’s Oren Hazan hired prostitutes for friends, did meth — report …
    http://www.timesofisrael.com › Israel Inside

    Meet Oren Hazan, Israel’s most scandalous lawmaker | The Times of …
    http://www.timesofisrael.com › Jewish Times

    Report: Deputy Knesset Speaker Solicited Prostitutes, Used Hard Drugs
    http://www.haaretz.com › Israel News

    Deputy Knesset speaker and Likud MK Oren Hazan allegedly used hard drugs and coordinated escort services for clients at the casino he managed in Bulgaria before entering politics, a report in Channel 2 claimed Monday night.

    In one of the documents published by Channel 2, Hazan signs off as the director-general of the Gold casino, which he has in the past denied owning. According to testimonies broadcast in the report, it seems that in contradiction to Hazan’s claims, there is no link between the Sunny Beach hotel in Burgas – which he claimed to have run – and the casino. A worker in the casino even told the television channel that there were business ties between Hazan’s casino and the Red Rose strip club.

    He has the nerve to call Haneen Zoavi filth? She’s awesome and has to be the bravest woman these punks have ever seen. I hope I live to see her become prime minister of the one state that is yet to be named.

  4. Kay24
    June 30, 2016, 1:29 pm

    She is rather brave to work amongst these narrow minded zionists, who have no shame when they speak in racist terms, and accusing her of supporting “terrorists”. It takes a confident person to speak out like that, knowing she is among hostile colleagues, who obviously resent her when she speaks out for those Israel occupies. Good luck to Ms Zoabi – she is going to need it.

  5. jon s
    June 30, 2016, 1:41 pm

    Good luck to “Ms. Zombi”, indeed.

    • Mr.T
      June 30, 2016, 1:52 pm

      Oh, my stars. A typo. Will the horror never end?

      • amigo
        June 30, 2016, 2:27 pm

        “Oh, my stars. A typo. Will the horror never end?” Mr , T

        You have to forgive Jon S , he is an Israel History teacher and is far more capable of pointing out spelling mistakes than he is at pointing out the errors of zionism. On the bright side , his students will be able to tell the lies he teaches them with perfect spelling.

      • Mooser
        June 30, 2016, 7:10 pm

        “Mr. T”, meet the Stuart Smalley of Zionism, “Jon s”.
        He’s not going to beat himself up. He knows he’s good enough and smart enough, and one day, we’ll see it too.
        He’s just trying to live in his “historical homeland”.

    • Misterioso
      July 1, 2016, 10:11 am

      jon s

      The world is witnessing the accelerating rot within the anachronistic fascistic entity known as “Israel.” Given the nature of its founding and subsequent behavior, It could only be thus.

    • Talkback
      July 1, 2016, 10:47 am

      Maybe jon s is just trying to say that one has to be brain dead to demand an apology from a terror state.

  6. Neil Schipper
    June 30, 2016, 2:39 pm

    Governments throughout the middle east will also have public arenas where elected representatives of aggrieved minorities will deliver in fiery tones their complaints and accusations before loud and angry elected representatives of the overbearing majority.

    But it may take a hundred years.

  7. David Doppler
    June 30, 2016, 4:04 pm

    Talk about your “valuable hatred.” Thanks for publicizing this, MW. It needs a broader audience.

  8. Elliot
    June 30, 2016, 5:51 pm

    The wheels are coming off.
    A few notes:
    1) The seat behind the heckler Hazan was occupied and is marked as “Parliamentary Legal Counsel”. He was mostly looking at his phone.
    2) The resonance of the call: “Go to Gaza” quoted in the article is twofold. First, in Israeli Hebrew “Go to Gaza” is an insult, equivalent to the English language “Go to hell!” Second, he actually said “Rooh el Azza”, in Arabic (and not the Hebrew “Lechi L’Azza”). This is one of the rudimentary Arabic phrases that Israeli soldiers use to disperse Palestinian crowds. How does that sound to a Palestinian? One can imagine that in 1948, this is what the Palestinians fleeing the Nakba heard as the Hagana soldiers moved them into Gaza in the first place.
    3) Why does Israel’s official “Knesset Channel”, the Israeli version of C-SPAN give equal time to the heckler? Why did the Speaker not cut the heckler’s mic? As a result it was hard to follow MK Zoabi’s speech. And this lack of intervention was an incentive to all the other thugs to get up and start shouting and shoving too.
    4) I don’t think Israelis see this as “all hell breaks loose.” The Knesset is a rowdy place and I have seen several similar instances. For USians, a peaceful sit-in by anti-gun Congressmen is a remarkable occurrence. The Israeli Knesset is not nearly as genteel as Capitol Hill.

    • bintbiba
      July 1, 2016, 11:01 am

      ” The Israeli Knesset is not nearly as genteel as Capitol Hill. ” (Elliot)
      ……. or as anywhere civilised, if I may add !

      That is the understatement of the millennia !!

    • Jerry J
      July 3, 2016, 3:21 am

      Actually, heckler who said Go to Gaza was Ayoob Kara, a Druze Palestinian Arab. ……. Interesting fact that you left out.

      • Annie Robbins
        July 3, 2016, 3:31 am

        could you provide a source link please?

      • Jerry J
        July 3, 2016, 11:40 am

        Annie: The source is the video. If you read Hebrew, you would see his name in red letters.

  9. Atlantaiconoclast
    June 30, 2016, 9:04 pm

    Of course Turkey reached an agreement with Israel. BOTH nations desperately want to violently overthrow the Assad govt. Neither nation wants to lose their respective oil pipelines if peace comes to Syria and Iran, Iraq and Syria are able to construct their agreed to pipeline that will end the current Turkish and Israeli pipeline monopolies.

  10. yonah fredman
    July 1, 2016, 12:51 am

    Netanyahu is utilizing the anti zoabi popular sentiment and the murder of the Israeli Jewish girl in her bed in occupied territories to distract from the complaint, “he could’ve gotten a better deal with turkey. ”

    Question regarding American congressmen, what is the most anti soldier comment uttered on the floor of either house in the post war period. During the discovery of my lai or later what was the most anti soldier comment uttered?

    • Annie Robbins
      July 1, 2016, 1:52 am

      what is the most anti soldier comment uttered on the floor of either house in the post war period.

      abu ghraib wasn’t pretty, you could probably find something mining that discussion.

      • Jerry J
        July 3, 2016, 3:22 am

        but you dont…….. If MK Zoabi said anything like that from the floor of the House or Senate, she would be treatd much worse than she is treated in the Knesset.

      • Annie Robbins
        July 3, 2016, 3:30 am

        spare us

  11. Ossinev
    July 1, 2016, 7:59 am

    Brave woman. Not being phased at all by the freakish QuasiNazi brigade in the Gnashet . As for the “Go to Gaza” meme the JSILi right would dearly love just that not just for Zoabi but for all the Arab Palestinian untermenschen natives in JSIL itself and in the occupied territories – pack them all in to trains cattle or otherwise and ship them all to one ghetto and with occasional mowing and regular sniping hope that they will all just fade away so that the Chosen People including the specially chosen ones from downtown Brooklyn can peacefully re-enact and live out their Biblical fantasy in the Land of Desecration – just a shame that it is 2016 and the Deir Yassin option is no longer available.

    • Jerry J
      July 3, 2016, 11:35 am

      “QuasiNazi brigade” – Shows your ignorance of who the Nazis were. You words are offensive to the memory of the 6 million. Shame on you.

      • echinococcus
        July 3, 2016, 2:46 pm

        Jerry J,
        I watched again, just to make sure.
        There is no “quasi”. They are entirely the Nazi brigade.

        Is your “shame on you” implying that the victims of the Nazi genocide were corrupt, racial supremacist, terrorist invaders? We know they were not.

  12. Misterioso
    July 1, 2016, 10:20 am

    http://english.palinfo.com/site/pages/details.aspx?itemid=79376

    Netanyahu wants MK Hanin Zoabi expelled from Knesset.

    Excerpt:

    “Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke Wednesday afternoon with Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit regarding the possible expulsion of Arab MK Hanin Zoabi from the Knesset.

    “Netanyahu’s demand came following Zoabi’s condemnation of the continued Israeli crimes against Palestinians and calls for lifting Gaza siege.

    “ ‘With her actions and lies she crossed every line and she has no place in the Knesset,’ ” Netanyahu claimed.”

  13. JLewisDickerson
    July 1, 2016, 11:28 am

    RE: “All hell breaks loose in Knesset as Zoabi demands apology following Israel-Turkey agreement”

    MY QUESTION: Is that you, ‘Battling’ Bella? What happened to your big, floppy hats?
    Well, hat or not, keep givin’ ’em hell!

    P.S. Bella’s absence mourned – http://mondoweiss.net/2016/04/thousands-of-israelis-fill-tel-avivs-rabin-square-in-support-for-soldier-who-executed-palestinian/#comment-835830

  14. genesto
    July 1, 2016, 12:33 pm

    She’s been one of my heroes ever since I first met her on the Turkish Airlines plane that rescued us from Israel captivity in 2010. This diminutive woman has more guts than anyone I have ever met and, as long as she’s allowed to sit in the Knesset (which, I fear, may not be much longer), she will be THE major thorn in the side of the most self-deluding members of the Zionist leadership in Israel.

    What national conscience still remains in Israel is embodied by this amazing woman!

  15. Jackdaw
    July 1, 2016, 12:41 pm

    A vibrant democracy in action!

    God bless MK Zoabi. There should be more like her, Jew and Arab. She proves that Israel can tolerate robust criticism. That Israel is not a banana republic or a fascist state.

    Israel is strong and getting stronger and Zoabi is proof.

    • Mr.T
      July 1, 2016, 1:19 pm

      “That Israel is not a banana republic or a fascist state.”

      No, just a pitiful Apartheid state. Nothing more.

      • Jackdaw
        July 1, 2016, 1:50 pm

        @ Mr. t.

        A female Arab, re-elected to the Knesset, rails against the government of Israel, right in it’s own parliament.

        Yup. The very definition of Apartheid.

      • Mr.T
        July 1, 2016, 2:57 pm

        In other words: “Forget about the millions held for 50 years without basic human rights simply because they’re not Jews; this woman was allowed to get all uppity and they didn’t immediately lynch her! How about that?? It’s a light unto nations, I tell you. A light upon nations!!”

        What a beacon of civilization you’ve cobbled together…

      • Jackdaw
        July 2, 2016, 1:50 am

        @Mr. t

        “Forget about the millions held for 50 years without basic human rights simply because they’re not Jews; this woman was allowed to get all uppity and they didn’t immediately lynch her! How about that? ”

        No basic human rights? Palestinians supposed have a representative government in the PA. They have the right to vote (whenever the PA deems that suitable). Statehood has been discussed several times between the parties, while the Palestinian leadership has had entre into the White House, etc., for over forty years.

        Arabs have held seats in the Israeli Knesset for over 66 years, and have nearly equal rights under the law.

        Tell me, Mr. t, where are you from?

        *heads for high grass*

      • Marnie
        July 2, 2016, 4:48 am

        Mr. T – exactly right. What’s the expression about a broken clock being right once or twice a day? Ms. Zoabi was just allowed to return to the knesset plenum after being barred for 4 months along with fellow Dr. Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas. Lawmakers Over Visits With Families of Slain Terrorists. MKs Haneen Zoabi and Basel Ghattas were suspended for four months, and MK Jamal Zahalka was suspended for two months. ‘Miserable, anti-democratic and unethical decision,’ Joint Arab List says. Knesset Suspends Three Israeli-Arab Lawmakers Over Visits With …www.haaretz.com › Israel News

        But when Jewish MKs do the same thing, they’re not barred from the knesset. Jewish politicians meet with terrorist families too | +972 Magazine
        972mag.com/jewish-politicians-meet-with-terrorist…too/116779/

        Palestinian legislator barred from standing in Israeli election | Middle …
        http://www.middleeasteye.net/…/arab-legislator-barred-standing-israeli-election

        Excerpt:

        Bill to Ban Zoabi

        Should the court overrule the election committee, the right wing have threatened to reverse the decision with legislation whose progress was halted by the dissolution of the Knesset.

        The so-called “Zoabi Bill”, which has Netanyahu’s backing, would allow a majority of legislators to vote to expel any MK they believe has voiced support for a terrorist organisation.

        The bill’s drafter, Danny Danon of Likud, has said the goal of the legislation is “to make sure that she [Zoabi] would not be able to come back to [the] Knesset”.

        Zoabi was catapulted to the status of public enemy number one back in 2010 when she took part in the Mavi Marmara flotilla taking aid to Gaza. The Israeli navy intercepted the ship in international waters in an operation that killed nine, including eight Turkish activists. Her participation on the ship provided the basis for the election committee’s decision to disqualify her in 2013.

        But opposition to her presence in the Knesset has grown rapidly since last summer.

        The election committee based its decision on the same statements that led to her suspension from the Knesset last July, in the midst of Operation Protective Edge.

        They included a radio interview a month earlier in which she refused to label the Palestinians behind the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers from settler communities in the West Bank as “terrorists”. Most of the Israeli media edited out her criticism of the kidnapping.

        During the 50-day Gaza war this summer, the 45-year-old also called for what Israeli media reported as a “siege” on Israel. While Zoabi and linguists subsequently clarified that the word she used is in Arabic is understood to refer to diplomatic isolation, not a military siege, the Supreme Court and right wing parties have insisted that she was calling for a military assault on Israel.

        Zoabi is also facing a trial for insulting two Arab policeman outside a court hearing, allegedly calling them “traitors”.

      • Mr.T
        July 2, 2016, 9:56 am

        “No basic human rights?”

        No. The Palestinians’ can be and are rescinded at will by a state in which those Palestinians have no vote, simply because they’re non-Jews, that’s Apartheid. That’s the deprivation of human rights. .

        “Palestinians supposed have a representative government in the PA.”

        Sure, and that body has no ability to protect the Palestinian people from the deprivations of the Israelis, the settlers or to free Palestine from those enemies. The Jews in the ghetto aren’t free even if a Chaim Rumkowski exists.

        “They have the right to vote (whenever the PA deems that suitable).”

        When they have the same exact right to vote in the Knesset (as that, and not the PA, is the body that governs their lives), or the vote to mandatory removal of all Israeli personnel and settlers from every inch beyond the 1967 line, then come talk to me.

        “Statehood has been discussed several times between the parties,”

        What’s their to discuss? The State of Palestine exists and has the recognition of the majority of the world. Statehood doesn’t need to be discussed. What needs to be discussed is the end of the Israeli reign of terror in Palestine. But the Israeli government would rather be evil.

        “while the Palestinian leadership has had entre into the White House, etc., for over forty years.”

        HA!!! You’re delusional. When the Americans are denying their children educational funding and stop paying for infrastructure to give billions per year in military hardware to the Palestinians, like they do to the Israeli ingrates, then we’ll talk.

        “Arabs have held seats in the Israeli Knesset for over 66 years, and have nearly equal rights under the law.”

        Great, you people are the United States under Jim Crow. How civilized this light unto nations is.

    • amigo
      July 2, 2016, 1:01 pm

      “Arabs have held seats in the Israeli Knesset for over 66 years, and have nearly equal rights under the law. “jackduh

      Nearly equal rights—-why not full equal rights.

      “A vibrant democracy in action!

      God bless MK Zoabi. There should be more like her, Jew and Arab. She proves that Israel can tolerate robust criticism” jackduh.

      Say what ??.

      “But the significance of the attack on Zoabi is much more serious. Her targeting shows the true intention of Netanyahu and the right, which some of the opposition on the center-left has joined to their shame. For them, Zoabi is just a milestone on the road to a broader goal, which is to overrun the authentic representation of Israel’s Arabs and remove her from the Knesset. Zoabi is only the first victim on that road.

      The prime minister and spokespeople for the right should be reminded that this is a test for democracy: the ability to act tolerantly toward the opinions of the minority, extreme and harsh though they may be. Zoabi represents a public mood, even if that public is a small minority, and it has a place in public discourse. Israel must accept Zoabi because if it does not, it is not a democracy.
      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.728236

      No one but a complete fool could watch that video and claim the Knesset is populated by tolerant people.Obviously you did not watch it.

      • oldgeezer
        July 2, 2016, 3:00 pm

        @amigo

        It was a test for democracy. As could be expected from a immoral racist state, Israel failed spectacularly.

        A two bit state that can’t stand one bit of criticism.

  16. lysias
    July 1, 2016, 5:58 pm

    OT, but worth relaying. Read on Billmon’s twitter feed:

    Mossad Director Yossi Cohen visited Moscow today. Met Putin’s national security adviser and the SVR director

    Wonder if there’s a connection between that and Erdogan repairing relations with both Israel and Russia.

  17. Sulphurdunn
    July 1, 2016, 6:05 pm

    Lol! but the implication is not really funny, I suppose.

  18. Nadine1977
    July 2, 2016, 4:30 am

    @Jackdaw – “They have the right to vote (whenever the PA deems that suitable). Statehood has been discussed several times between the parties, while the Palestinian leadership has had entre into the White House, etc., for over forty years.”
    Please stop the embarrassing regurgitation of Zionist propaganda. Go read some Ilan Pappè or Norman Finkelstein.

    • MHughes976
      July 2, 2016, 11:26 am

      The main relevant human right, I think, is to be an enfranchised citizen of a sovereign state or at very least on a path leading to that state. This right is not bestowed on most of those in ‘occupied’ Palestine, nor is a pathway in that direction being formed, since the power exercising sovereignty is not currently making any relevant proposal.

    • Jackdaw
      July 5, 2016, 11:38 am

      @Nadine

      I’ve spilled more ink arguing with Norm Finkelstein, than I have with Mondoweiss, Silverstein, etal., combined.

      I know Finkelstein like the back of my hand.

      • Mooser
        July 5, 2016, 7:20 pm

        “I know Finkelstein like the back of my hand.”

        Oh please. All you know is that the back of your hand is covered with your own spilled ink.

      • Jackdaw
        July 9, 2016, 2:08 am

        @Annie

        Mooser can insult me with his snide remarks, but you censor my rebuttals.

        I’m done with you and your mindless double standards.

        I’m deleting Mondoweiss altogether.

      • Steve Grover
        July 9, 2016, 9:10 am

        @jackdaw
        The exact same thing happens all the time to me too. They do protect their pet. I appreciated your postings.

      • Mooser
        July 9, 2016, 1:54 pm

        “I’m deleting Mondoweiss altogether.”

        You can’t do that!
        What about all the other people who want to read Mondo? Just because you don’t like it doesn’t give you the right to deprive thousands (more, probably) of readers of Mondoweiss.

        “They do protect their pet. “

        I e-mail the Editors personally, and say ” Please don’t let “Jackdaw” and “Grover” say mean things to me. Have you tried that?

      • Steve Grover
        July 9, 2016, 4:15 pm

        Fret not Mooser. Fret not. You are not the only golden calf in the MW’s sacred barn. You mentioned that Max Blumenthal is known for being Jewish in a previous thread. I disagreed and said that Max Blumenthal is well known for being the spoiled brat son of Hillary Clinton’s lap dog Squidney Blumenthal. It was deleted. So Max Blumenthal must be another golden calf in the sacred barn with you.

      • Mooser
        July 10, 2016, 12:23 am

        ” I disagreed and said that Max Blumenthal is well known for being the spoiled brat son of Hillary Clinton’s lap dog Squidney Blumenthal. It was deleted.”

        Being my sock-puppet does not guarantee your comments will be passed by the Moderators.
        But being clever enough to put your favorite phrase from it into another comment is very clever.

  19. Henry Norr
    July 2, 2016, 12:36 pm

    It is disappointing to see MW repeating the untruth that “Israeli commandos killed 10 Turkish citizens.” In fact, Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish citizen and one American citizen. Furkan Dogan, the 19-year-old victim, was born in Troy, NY, and thus an American. Though he was living in Turkey before the flotilla, he never became a Turkish citizen.

    This point is not merely academic. As we see in this week’s coverage of the killing of the 13-year-old settler girl in Kiryat Arba, Americans regard the death of American citizens as something extra special, way more troubling than anyone else’s. Except in the case of Furkan Dogan, whose US citizenship is hardly ever mentioned in the corporate media and even, sad to say, most of the progressive media. Please get it right!

    While I’m being picky, why does Allison persist in using phrases like “aid convoy” and “aid vessels,” when the organizers and participants always describe the 2010 flotilla, and all the others, as “freedom flotillas,” not “aid flotillas.” Yes, some the ships have carried small quantities of medical supplies, toys, and such, but that was never the main purpose. The clearly stated goal was always to break the siege. Please use language that reflects that.

  20. Ossinev
    July 2, 2016, 12:42 pm

    Hope the ZioFreaks get their way and this brave lady is expelled from their comical Gnashet. It would do a power of good to have the Palestinian Arab equivalent of Aung San Suu Kyi.

    @Jackdaw
    “Arabs have held seats in the Israeli Knesset for over 66 years, and have nearly equal rights under the law”

    Have nearly equal rights !!!! Wow that is stunning. The only democracy in the Levant proudly asserts that it gives the native inhabitants of the country it has stolen “nearly equal rights”

    And you have no idea of the absurdity of what you have just said.

    You really should get out more. I am fairly certain that where you are you will have full equal rights to do so.

    • echinococcus
      July 2, 2016, 1:37 pm

      Ossinev,

      Some realism should be in order. Aung Sang only opposed the Birman colonels or generals, who are easily expendable for the US. The Zionists, on the other hand, never had any scruples jailing or murdering outright any opponents –no matter how visible. They never were made to pay.

  21. Jerry J
    July 3, 2016, 3:14 am

    The guy with the glasses arguing with Zoabi is Ayub Kara – a Druze PAlestinian Arab. No one seems to mention that. Zoabi is treated as she is because of her politics, not because she is Palestinian.

    JJ

    • echinococcus
      July 3, 2016, 4:04 am

      Only racist Zionists (and an occasional Druze slave) will come out with the absurd idea that she is treated like that only because she is Palestinian. Of course it’s because of her politics of Palestinian resistance to invasion and genocide, duh!

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