Israeli police recommend trial for Arab MK Hanin Zoabi

MK Hanin Zoabi. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Israeli police finished their investigation of Arab-Israeli Member of Knesset Hanin Zoabi and have recommended putting the politician on trial for charges of incitement of violence and insulting a public official.

Zoabi had met with Israeli police for five hours over an incident last July in which she verbally abused two Arab police officers in a Nazareth courthouse. Zoabi said that the police officers “are cooperating against their own people, we need to clean the floor with them,” and that “we need to spit on their faces,” Israel National News reported. 

After the police recommendation of a trial, Zoabi called Israel a “warmongering, racist, and fascist” state.  

Along with two other MKs from the Balad party, Zoabi recently traveled to Qatar to meet with Balad party founder and former MK Azmi Bishara, who fled Israel after being suspected of aiding Hezbollah and passing information to the terrorist group during wartime. Qatar is one of Hamas’s main financial backers. Several Israeli politicians have called on the police to investigate the Balad party. 

Zoabi has had a controversial political career. She has been an outspoken opponent of Israel and participated in the 2010 flotilla that tried to break the naval blockade on Gaza.

Posted on August 19, 2014 .