Danon: Zoabi should be barred from next Knesset (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV 05/06/12)
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MK Danny Danon (Likud) plans to petition the Central Elections
Committee to prevent MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) from running with her
party for the 19th Knesset, he announced on Sunday.
According to Danon, Zoabi has used her parliamentary immunity to
support terrorism and attacks on IDF soldiers.
"There is no place for such an MK in the Knesset – she belongs in
jail," Danon said.
The Likud MK sent a letter of inquiry to Central Elections Committee
chairwoman Judge Miriam Naor, ahead of an official petition, which he
plans to send after new committee members are chosen.
He cited Zoabi´s participation in the June 2010 Gaza flotilla, and
said she called for a third intifada and continued terror against
"She is a terrorist disguised as an MK. It´s time to put an end to
this and prevent Zoabi from entering the Knesset," Danon added.
According to Zoabi, the attempts to stop her from running are akin to
taking away citizens´ freedom to vote.
"If one side of the political map, in this case the right, wants to
determine who will run in an election and which other parties are
legitimate, citizens are only voting in the second round," Zoabi
said. "That is not a free vote."
The Balad MK said the right thinks their ideology is above the law
and everything else.
"This is not just a racist state, but a dictatorship of one party, of
consensus in different varieties. This is a government in which the
parties and the citizens are puppets," she added.
Zoabi also said that there is no legal reason to disqualify her, and
that Danon´s reasoning is ideological and political.
In addition, Zoabi claimed that she did not harm any naval commando
soldiers that boarded the Mavi Marmara Gaza flotilla ship, pointing
out that none of them filed any complaints against her. (© 1995-2011,
The Jerusalem Post 05/06/12)
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