The Arabs48 news website revealed that Arab Member of the Israeli Knesset, (MK) Hanin Zoabi, filed a lawsuit Monday against Israeli MK of the Likud Party, Danny Dannon, accusing him of incitement against her under the pretext that she â€śsupports terrorismâ€ť.Dannon claims that by participating in the Freedom Flotilla to break the illegal Israeli siege on Gaza, Zoabi â€śbecame involved in terrorismâ€ť.
Zoabi, of the National Democratic Assembly, said that the accusations of Danon are part of the current racist political system in Israel, and added that Dannonâ€™s accusations â€śare a threat to her personal security and to her lifeâ€ť.
She further stated that just by demanding to prevent her from running in the elections, Dannon is violating her freedom of expression, and freedom of political options and actions, and added that â€śDannon is violating the very basic principles of democracyâ€ť, as he demanding her removal from any political position because of her political beliefs, and the political agenda of the National Democratic Party she represents at the Knesset.
â€śWe are not only facing racism coming from Dannon, we are facing a racist system, racist to the coreâ€ť, the Arab MK further stated. â€śPeople like Dannon cannot understand that the Palestinians are struggling for their freedom, for their dignity, and for their independenceâ€ť.
â€śI did not participate in the Freedom Flotilla to represent myself, I represented the entire Palestinian population, every proud Palestinian man and womanâ€ť, she added. â€śDannon and people like him are not only putting Zoabi on trial, they are prosecuting an entire population that support Zoabi, a nation that knows Zoabi represents themâ€ť.
â€śIf I am accused of exposing the contradiction between the Jewish identity of the state and democracy, then prosecuting me is a proof of this contradictionâ€ť, she concluded.
Dannon, the head of the international wing of the Likud Party, collected signatures for an â€śappealâ€ť addressed to the Central Elections Committee in the country, demanding that it bar Zoabi from running in the upcoming Knesset elections.
Dannon distributed a letter stating that the basic Knesset law prevents those â€śwho support a terrorist group, or support a struggle against Israel, should not be allowed to run in the electionsâ€ť.
He claimed that Zoabi â€ścrossed 18 Red Lines, that nobody ever crossedâ€ť, and added that â€śZoabiâ€™s words and deeds proved that she supports armed struggle against Israelâ€ť.
Dannon further claimed that by participating in the Freedom Flotilla in May 2010, â€śZoabi adopted is a clear call for launching an Intifada against Israel, and a call for terrorism activities against the countryâ€ť.
It is worth mentioning that several extremist Israeli MKâ€™s are demanding that the National Democratic Assembly are prevented from running in coming elections.
The Assembly previously stated â€śthat it is ready, and will challenge this racist and hostile campaign that targets democracyâ€ť, and added that it â€świll remain steadfast in opposing the occupation, racism and fascismâ€ť.
â€śTargeting our party, and trying to remove us from the political system proves that Fascism rules Israelâ€ť, the Assembly said, â€śSuch violations are a proof that Israelâ€™s political system is racist, a system that allows fascism to overrule democracyâ€ť.
Israelâ€™s piracy against the Freedom Flotilla, in international waters, while heading to Gaza to deliver medical and humanitarian supplies, led to the death of nine Turkish activists and dozens were injured before the army towed the ships to the Ashdod Port.