Arab Member of Knesset, member of the National Democratic Assembly, Hanin Zoabi, stated during a massive protest, marking Palestinian Land Day in Jaffa, that the Arabs and the Palestinians in the country are not the invaders, and that they want to live in peace and prosperity in the homeland.Hundreds of residents participated in the protest carrying Palestinian flags and posters that read â€śWe Are Here To Stayâ€ť, â€śStop Political Prosecutionâ€ť, and â€śStop The Expulsion Policies’, the Arabs48 news website reported.
Arab Members of Knesset (MK) Mohammad Baraka and Jamal Zahalka also participated in the protest along with head of the Arab Follow-up Committee, Mohammad Zeidan, and the Secretary-General of the National Democratic Assembly, Awad Abdul-Fattah, head of the Abnaaâ€™ El-Balad (The Sons of the Land) movement, Raja Eghbariyya, and head of the Islamic Movement, Abdul-Hakim Mofeed.
Israeli Ynet News quoted Zoabi stated that â€śIsrael is resuming what it did not finish in the Nabka of 1948, by continuing the systematic expulsion and transfer of the Arab populationâ€ť.
â€śIsrael is still conducting its illegal 63-year-old policyâ€ť, Zoabi said, â€śWe see that as a declaration of war against usâ€ť.
â€śWe did not invade anybodyâ€™s land, or country, we did not steal the land of any Jewish personâ€ť, she stated, â€śWe did not raid homes, I am not a settler, am indigenous, I want to live in my home, in my homelandâ€ť.
Zoabi was one of the participants of the Freedom Flotilla that was heading to the Gaza Strip to deliver medical and humanitarian supplies and was attacked, on May 31, 2010, by the Israeli Navy while in International Waters. Nine Turkish peace activists, including one who also hold American citizenship, were killed and dozens were wounded.
Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the northern Branch of the Islamic Movement was among the participants, and was injured in the attack.
Zoabi was attacked in 2010 by Member of Knesset, Anastasia Michaeli, of the fundamentalist â€śIsrael Our Homeâ€ť Party, while at the Knesset podium. Michaeli tried to remove Zoabi from the podium by force, accusing her of â€śsupporting terrorismâ€ť and â€śbetraying the stateâ€ť.
Several extremist MKâ€™s verbally attacked Zoabi also accusing her of â€śsupporting terrorismâ€ť, but Zoabi remained calm and said that â€śshe will not be as low as they areâ€ť.