Netanyahuâ€™s demand came following Zoabiâ€™s condemnation of the continued Israeli crimes against Palestinians and calls for lifting Gaza siege. â€śWith her actions and lies she crossed every line and she has no place in the Knesset,â€ť Netanyahu claimed.
Earlier on Wednesday, according to the PNN, Zoabi caused an uproar on the Knesset floor when she strongly condemned the Israeli forcesâ€™ videotaped attack on Turkish activists who were killed during their participation in Freedom Flotilla in 2010. The murderer has to pay compensation for the families of Turkish victims, she said during a debate discussing the newly-signed deal between Israel and Turkey.Â Zoabi considered the deal as a â€śmurder confession.â€ť
Zoabi demanded the Israeli government issue an apology both to the â€śpolitical activistsâ€ť aboard the Mavi Marmara, on which she sailed in solidarity, and to herself, from those who â€śincited against [her] for six years.â€ť
During the debate, Israeli MKs tried to physically attack Zoabi following her address. Several MKs began shouting and moved toward the podium to complain. â€śCome hit me! Come hit me!â€ť Zoabi shouted to the MKs who were pointing and yelling at her.
As MKs mobbed the stage, Zoabi shouted â€śthey murderedâ€ť and â€śshut upâ€ť repeatedly.
When Deputy Knesset Speaker Hamad Amar (Yisrael Beytenu) asked her to apologize, Zoabi said: â€śThe Israeli soldiers who murdered are the ones who need to apologize! You need to apologize!â€ť The Joint List strongly denounced the attack, considering it a â€śfascist assault.â€ť It added, â€śThe racist and bloody attack against Joint List MKs has notably escalated, calling for an end to the continued incitement against Arab MKs and Hanan Zoabi in particularâ€ť.
In May of 2010, a flotilla of six ships headed to Gaza but Israeli navy forces intercepted and boarded them and forced them to dock in Israel after brutally attacking the passengers. Nine of the Turkish activists were killed during the attack. Zoabiâ€™s comments came a day after Israel signed a deal with Turkey to restore ties, after years of frosty relations exacerbated by the flotilla attack. The deal stipulates that Israel would pay Turkey $20 million in compensation to families of the victims.
In the video below, Knesset members can be seen, in 2010, attacking Zoabi in a similar fashion. Such behavior is notÂ anÂ uncommon occurrence during parliamentary Knesset sessions.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.