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Israel’s opposition parties plan to filibuster bill to expel Hanin Zoabi

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Members of Israel’s opposition coalition will filibuster overnight to stall a vote on a controversial bill to expand the Knesset’s power to oust one of their own. The expulsion bill, formerly called the suspension bill, grants parliamentarians the authority to permanently kick their peers out of office, with loose criteria for disqualification.

At present, the Knesset can remove an official if he or she has been indicted for criminal wrong-doing. The expulsion bill widens the margins to any representative whose actions are interpreted as against the interest of the state of Israel.

Although the bill could make any sitting member of Knesset open to the whims of the majority run amuck, there is one member of the body at the center of debate.

“Inside Knesset sometimes people call it the ‘Hanin law’,” said Reut Mor, the spokesperson for the Joint List, Israel’s third largest political party. Mor related an underlying agenda to craft legal tools to remove the most embattled member of Knesset and her political group, Hanin Zoabi.

Zoabi is no stranger to suspensions. She was recently banned from the Knesset plenary floor, less than a year after serving separate suspended sentence.

Last February after Zoabi visited the parents of Palestinians from East Jerusalem who were killed by security forces in the course of carrying out attacks on Israelis, a Knesset constitutional committee drafted an early version of the expulsion bill. The visit sparked outcry from the Israel’s Prime Minister who accused Zoabi of gallivanting with “terrorists”–a source of particular sensitivity among Israelis in the wake of knife attacks by Palestinians that have killed 35 since last October. In the same period Israelis killed at least 209 Palestinians, in violence analysts say show no signs of ending.

“I expect all those who say they are in favor of the bill to vote in support and to not give an advantage or profit to those who support terror,” Benjamin Netanyahu told members of his Likud party, reports the Times of Israel

Zoabi and her colleagues said they were attempting to negotiated the release of the Palestinian bodies held in Israeli custody.

In cases where slain Palestinian attackers originated from the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority entered talks with Israel to coordinate the bodies’ return. But in East Jerusalem the West Bank government is banned. Zoabi stepped in to facilitate the process in light of the representative vacuum.

The bill has divided Israel’s Knesset, with far-left and center factions uniting against the prime minister. Israel’s attorney general warned the bill teetered on being unconstitutional and told legislators to proceed with “great caution,” according to Haaretz

Head of the Joint List, Ayman Odeh said the draft law could become a stepping stone to plucking all Arab members of Knesset from their seats.

“The Prime Minister has a clear objective that this bill is just one part of fulfilling. Netanyahu does not want Arabs to vote and he does not want us to be a legitimate political force,” Odeh said, adding, “Netanyahu wants politics for Jews only. That is why he is blatantly inciting against the Arab public and against its elected representatives.”

Odeh slated 20 hours for a filibuster, beginning tonight. Israeli regulations require filibusters to be pre-scheduled. The Knesset members do not need to be present in the gallery during the debates, and many have cots and sleeper-sofas stowed away in their offices for night-time naps, said Mor the Joint List’s spokesperson.

“Usually they are in their offices sleeping and one of their staffers will come and wake them up when it’s time to vote,” said Mor who expects “a long night of talks.”

The vote will be called sometime after sunrise on Wednesday. Mor’s group calculated last March they will loose 52 to 59.

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  1. eljay
    July 19, 2016, 2:35 pm

    … “I expect all those who say they are in favor of the bill to vote in support and to not give an advantage or profit to those who support terror,” Benjamin Netanyahu told members of his Likud party …

    I expect that those who favour and vote for the bill will give an advantage or profit to those who support – and advocate, engage in, excuse and justify – the terror of Jewish supremacism in/and the religion-supremacist “Jewish State” and related past and on-going (war) crimes.

    … Mor’s group calculated last March they will loose 52 to 59.

    Quickly, before RoHa sees it: It’s “lose”, not “loose”. ;-)

    • annie
      July 19, 2016, 4:18 pm

      know, eye sware its loose knot lose!

      • bintbiba
        July 19, 2016, 6:18 pm

        : ))

      • annie
        July 22, 2016, 12:09 am

        grate two sea yew bintbiba!

      • Mooser
        July 22, 2016, 11:10 am

        You know, that reminds me, Trump has promised to ban shredded cheese.

  2. gamal
    July 19, 2016, 3:02 pm

    I was in a room in Cork City with Hanin Zoabi and 300 others. She was spell binding we all felt 10 feet tall by the time she finished speaking, an amazing woman I vote Zoabi and Mumia the dream ticket.

    She is adamantine like Palestine.

  3. Kay24
    July 19, 2016, 6:01 pm

    Here is someone who got busted, and now OUT.

    Roger Ailes leaves after it was revealed he is a lecherous old man.

  4. DaBakr
    July 19, 2016, 9:00 pm

    of course to the true believers here at MW [most of whom wish zionist posters would be banned or just “go away”, not that irony has ever had any effect on them] that this ouster power of the knesset has only been previously used to oust jewish mk’s is of no consequence.

    • echinococcus
      July 20, 2016, 12:12 am

      Now, now. Don’t start swelling like the proverbial bullfrog who wanted to be a bull tout court.
      I’d like to know how many are “the true believers here at MW [most of whom wish zionist posters would be banned or just “go away”…”

      That would be a major loss of high-quality comic relief, especially considering how grim and depressing the daily results of your invasion and genocide. As Mooser says, beware the archive! The Mods are working overtime to protect you from virulent anti-Zionism but the level of today’s inarticulate, bumbling Zionists is such that you guys auto-destroy without any intervention.

      So your attempt to be the victim again doesn’t work.

      Now, let’s see what the “ousted” Jewish reps were accused and convicted of. I was told it’s was nothing political: rape, embezzlement, the usual Zionist stuff.

      • oldgeezer
        July 20, 2016, 12:06 pm

        Dabakr is a certified eternal victim.

    • eljay
      July 20, 2016, 9:02 am

      || DaBakr: … that this ouster power of the knesset has only been previously used to oust jewish mk’s is of no consequence. ||

      Curious: For what reasons were those MKs ousted?

    • oldgeezer
      July 20, 2016, 12:06 pm


      The article isn’t about the previous law. A law which is similar to those in many democracies. It is about modifications to the law to silence political dissent, in general, target Arab Israelis in particular.

      Clearly you can’t comprehend that.

      • DaBakr
        July 20, 2016, 2:04 pm


        So, you can’t comprehend how the evil Zionist regime would oust somebody like Meir Kahani?
        And as for all these responses suggesting I am acting as a victim….a victim of what? Internalizing what? I’m am very clear about the difference between the law that allowed for kahanes ouster versus this new amendment which I see as nothing more then closing a glaring loophole.

        zoabi is free and welcome to continue her career as public speaker for or activist for Palestinian people who agree with her position and tactics.( If you read anything other then haaretz you might learn that many Arab Israeli citizens do not support zoabi and think she does not represent their views) But she will no longer be permitted to do so while enjoying the salary, benefits, vacations and other perks she enjoys as a member of knesset. She is welcome to launch her career as a public speaker , author, activist any time she likes

    • Mooser
      July 20, 2016, 1:58 pm

      “of course to the true believers here at MW [most of whom wish zionist posters would be banned or just “go away”,”

      No “DaBakr” nobody wants you to be banned or just go away! Haven’t I been encouraging you, and the rest of the herd of ilk, to start your own blog?
      You could express yourself freely, without all the moderation and censoration you get around here. And best of all you can do the banning.

      • annie
        July 20, 2016, 2:01 pm

        speak for yourself mooser! i would like nothing more than banning the whole slew of them at a moments notice — yesterday! including our new so called ‘direct descendent of king david’. for heavens sakes it’s like a hasbara playground of zionist incitement here lately.

      • Mooser
        July 20, 2016, 3:14 pm

        “speak for yourself mooser! i would like nothing more than banning the whole slew of them at a moments notice — yesterday!including our new so called ‘direct descendent of king david’. “

        And his commastomy bag. Yes, “Annie” I’m a Pre-Raphaelite , too.

        Anyway, I simply can not understand why they hang around and get treated bad at Mondo, when they could start their own blog, ban us! (Ha!) solve the comment archives problem, and crush Mondo in every category.
        It baffles the heck out of me.
        Maybe one of them “Jewish self-hatred” symptoms”Hophmi” talks about? Feh, who can tell. Like I always say, “the balebatim are a closed book to me.”

      • annie
        July 20, 2016, 4:51 pm

        mooser, you can’t figure it out? always go back to the source >>> the numero uno weapon of illegal colonialist supporters online is (drums beating in anticipation) the ad hominem attack. they lurch around inciting us (w/ “serious” incredulousness) until someone burst a brain cell, springs a leak or goes ballistic so they can then comment on how sorry they are we are so full of hatred! their intent is to provide evidence of how rotten we are so they can provide proof of the narrative they invented that the bds movement and anti zionism is if fueled by hatred of jews. go read the legislation they got US congress critters falling over themselves to sign on to (instead of focusing on domestic things like education, health care, police violence — or whatever). they are here to try to catch us at our worst moments and then play gotcha by tattling to the media or writing blog posts how hideous we are and degrading the site. it’s happened over and over and they are still at it. they are our guard dogs.

      • RoHa
        July 20, 2016, 9:17 pm

        Annie, I want to keep them around.

        The Zionists keep dragging up their old hasbara lines, and we keep refuting them.

        I know it is tedious and repetitive work, but it is valuable. It helps the casual reader and the inexpert reader to see that the standard pro-Israel lines peddled by the mass media are just a load of fetid dingos’ kidneys.

        For their sake (the readers’sake, not the dingos’) I would not want the Zionists to flee from MW.

      • RoHa
        July 20, 2016, 10:58 pm

        And I keep hoping that, one day, some Zionist will explain why the “Palestine was never a state” line is so important to them.

        I’ve asked and asked, but never got an answer yet.

      • echinococcus
        July 21, 2016, 12:45 am


        This blog has always been “a hasbara playground of zionist incitement here”, not only lately.

        At first, I couldn’t digest it because discussing with, or cussing, these sons and daughters of good pious women was occupying most of the discussion, and it continues to do that, while it seems way more urgent to have some meaningful discussion among ourselves, for example re the recognition of the partition, the legitimacy of the local-born invaders, or any other hobby-horse of people on the side of the resistance. Especially riling is, of course, the impression that the Zionists are permitted anything, while it sometimes is impossible to get through censorship when responding to the b*&^% even when formally observing the site rules.

        But with time it’s become obvious that the best policy is to let the Zionists write completely unhindered (with a restriction as to the volume/number, of course.)

        No material in the articles can raise the awareness of the ugliness and inhumanity of Zionism better than the posts by the house Zionists. In fact, just an occasional reminder about facts is enough. I can’t imagine a better recruiter for BDS than these guys.

  5. Ossinev
    July 20, 2016, 3:04 pm

    Has the Yahoo visited Zimbabwe yet to have a tete a tete with Mugabe. He would get a few pointers on how to “neutralize” unwanted opposition elements. Hey and being power crazy with delusions of grandeur like dear old Robert he might get the heads up on his secret of longevity.

    They have so much in common it would be shame if they don`t get to meet and share a jar or two before RM moves to the afterworld. Can`t be long now.

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