Court postpones Zoabi flotilla petition decision (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 06/05/12)
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The High Court of Appeals on Tuesday postponed a decision on Balad MK
Haneen Zoabi´s petition decrying the Knesset sanctioning her
participation in the Mavi Marmara flotilla.
Last July, the Knesset Ethics Committee punished Zoabi for
participating in the Gaza flotilla, forbidding her to take part in
all Knesset discussions until the end of the summer session – a
decision Zoabi called “the decision of an automatic right-wing,
The court, convened with the presence of seven judges, completed its
hearing on the matter before postponing its decision. Knesset Legal
Adviser Eyal Yinon said during the hearing that the Knesset sanctions
were proportionate and did not cause Zoabi significant harm.
Following the hearing, Zoabi said that the flotilla was legal and
humanitarian, and that she would participate in similar flotillas
should they occur in the future, Israel Radio reported.
Zoabi told the committee in July that she rejected the complaints
as “spiteful,” adding that she had participated in “legitimate
political activities, which are the right of every citizen, and
certainly of a Knesset member.
“I upheld my right to political activity and freedom of expression,
and did not break the law,” she declared.
The committee wrote that it viewed Zoabi’s participation in the
flotilla as a “very severe” violation.
“Participating in the flotilla – intended to break Israel’s naval
blockade on Gaza, which is part of the armed conflict between Israel
and Hamas – is an action that harms the state’s security and is
illegitimate for a Knesset member,” the committee wrote.
The committee also pointed out that this was the second time Zoabi
had traveled abroad with funding from an outside source, without
permission. Lahav Harkov contributed to this report. (© 1995-2011,
The Jerusalem Post 06/05/12)
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