imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

Persecuting Hanin Zoabi

by Stephen Lendman Thursday, Mar. 07, 2013 at 11:33 PM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

Israel

Persecuting Hanin Zoabi

by Stephen Lendman

Israel's Supreme Court ruled twice on her. Most recently it did so in mid-February. It went both ways. More on that below.

In July 2010, Knesset members stripped her of key parliamentary rights and privileges. They did so lawlessly and maliciously. They targeted her for doing the right thing.

She participated in the May 2010 Freedom Flotilla. She was aboard the Mavi Marmara. It was bringing vital aid to Gaza. Israeli commandos attacked it. They murdered nine activists on board in cold blood.

Zoabi was lucky. She escape unharmed. She called Israel's attack a "pirate military operation." She did so in Israel's Knesset.

"It was clear from the size of the force that boarded the ship that the purpose was not only to stop this sail(ing), but to cause the largest possible number of fatalities in order to stop such initiatives in the future."

Other members repeatedly interrupted her. Some shouted "Go to Gaza, traitor!" She received death threats. Two security guards were assigned to protect her.

Zoabi's a Balad party member (National Democratic Alliance). She's been a MK since February 2009. She's Israel's first Palestinian one from an Arab party.

From 1999 - 2003, Arab Israeli Hussniya Jabara served as a Meretz MK. From 2006 - 2009, Nadia Hilou did so for Labor.

Zoabi joined Balad in 2001. In 2000, she co-founded I'lam: Media Center for Arab Palestinians in Israel. She served as general director. In 2009, she resigned. She did so to run for Knesset membership.

I'Iam "seeks to strengthen the media cadre, raise awareness and educate Palestinian society in Israel in media practices."

"It also seeks to democratize media policies and practices within the local Arab and Hebrew language medias, towards the realization of media rights in Palestinian society."  

It's "deeply committed to the democratization of media policies, media practices, and the media landscape in Israel."

Zoabi rejects the notion of Israel as a Jewish state. She calls accepting it "inherently racist."

She deplores requiring Arab Israelis to pledge loyalty to "the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state." Mandating it has no legitimacy.

"The Jewish state is not democratic and cannot represent me," she said. She wants her Arab heritage respected.

She's been vilified, harassed and threatened. Hardliners call her a traitor. Israel's Interior Minister Eli Yishai wanted her parliamentary immunity revoked and citizenship stripped.

He urged Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to criminalize her. He wanted her charged with a "premeditated act of treason."

Arab MKs endure repeated abuse. Israel scorns non-Jews. Arabs are treated like vermin. Rogue states operate that way. Israel's one of the worst.

On December 18, its Central Election Committee (CEC) members disqualified Zoabi from seeking reelection.

Knesset hardliners charged her with violating Israeli Basic Law. Doing so was unprincipled and lawless. It had no legitimacy whatever.

They claimed anyone not swearing fealty to Israel as a Jewish state can't serve in parliament. Nor can others supporting "terrorism" and armed struggle.

Zoabi serves honorably and legitimately. Charges made were baseless. She called them "political vengeance and a pathetic attempt to harm the representation of the Arab public."

She added that "the struggle for full equality is the only way possible toward democracy."

CEC members "blatantly ignored the unequivocal advice of the Attorney General, which said there is no legal basis for the disqualification."

"It is now clear that the elections committee is a political body meant to harm the representatives of the Arab public, and has nothing to do with democracy."

"Instead of holding a public debate, they wish to silence me and with me a whole demographic, and we will not cooperate with such silencing."

Israeli Basic Law gives Supreme Court justices final say. It's their call on whether political candidates may or may not be disqualified.

On December 30 they ruled. Disqualifying her is lawless. Justices ruled unanimously. She's free to seek reelection, they said.

Many Supreme Court decisions violate fundamental international rule of law principles. This time justices ruled responsibly. Doing otherwise was more than even conservative ones could tolerate. It was a no-brainer.

Ahead of their ruling, Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein opposed petitioning against Zuabi's right to serve.

He claimed "no sufficient, exceptional critical mass of evidence" justified disqualifying her. He stopped short of calling efforts to do so lawless and racist.

Zoabi's an Israeli citizen. She's qualified to run. She's entitled to represent her people. Arabs constitute 20% of Israel's population.

They're harassed, marginalized, and persecuted. They're denied most rights. They're treated like fifth column threats. Knesset members maliciously targeted Zoabi. They went all out to remove her. They failed.

On February 13, Israel's High Court addressed Zoabi's petition. Adalah and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) represented her.

She wants her full parliamentary rights and privileges restored. Justices decided otherwise. They denied her, saying:

"Since the 18th Knesset’s mandate has ended, so has its decision….to withdraw certain rights from MK Zoabi."

There's no cause for "the court to allocate its limited resources to consideration of a theoretical issue."

At issue are three parliamentary rights and privileges:

(1) overseas travel all MKs enjoy;

(2) restoring her diplomatic passport; and

(3) defraying her legal expenses if parliamentary immunity is revoked for criminal prosecution.

Adalah and ACRI responded. Justices "finished hearings on this petition months before elections," they said.

"Had (they) issued a timely decision, (they) could have prevented the Knesset’s illegal and undemocratic action, which is nothing but a reflection of the tyranny of the majority over the minority."

Adalah attorney Hassan Jabareen and ACRI's Dan Yakir said stripping Zoabi's rights and privileges sets a dangerous precedent.

It lets MKs punish other members for legitimate political activity. Doing so contradicts "the basic purpose of parliamentary immunity."

It's there for a purpose. It protects important rights. Revoking them limits freedom. It reflects tyranny.

Justices ruled irresponsibly. They supported wrong over right. They violated rule of law principles. They mocked democratic values. They do it often.

Israeli authorities take full advantage. Palestinians and Israeli Arabs pay hugely. Racist persecution victimizes them.

Courts provide no redress. Equal justice under law is just a figure of speech. Israel's Supremes support what demands rejection. Palestine's liberating struggle continues.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour

http://www.dailycensored.com/persecuting-hanin-zoabi/
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

Meet Green elected school board members, Sunday, March 29 in LA - 4pm M26 2:36AM

Californians Shame Regulators For Teaching Big Oil How To Skirt Law and Pollute Our Water M25 5:28PM

Next "Star Wars" to score in Los Angeles for First Time in Franchise History M25 10:43AM

Los Angeles Stands Up for Women's Rights M10 9:25PM

American Flag Banned from UC Irvine M06 10:38PM

Conversations with 3 HOLES AND A SMOKING GUN M06 5:27PM

Indymedia and the Cyber Left M01 4:03PM

FEDS ALLOW LAWSUIT TO SHUT DOWN DIABLO CANYON TO PROCEED F27 8:18PM

Open Letter to LA indymedia re hardly any more comments F27 12:07PM

Time Warner Now Charging Customers For Over-The-Air Television F14 12:16PM

Sketchy Crusader Against Poor Brandishes Dildo at Council F13 7:23PM

March Against Air France J31 8:46PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

U-Sponsored Slow-Motion Genocide in Yemen M30 2:01AM

No Deal on Iran's Nuclear Program - So Far M29 11:31PM

Obama, Rogue Arab States Support Mass Murdering Yemenis M29 10:57AM

Obama: Tool Of The Cruel Plans To Extend Afghanistan War, The US' Longest M29 10:48AM

New York Times Editors Endorse Murdering Millions of Iranians M29 10:32AM

Nuclear Armed and Dangerous Israel Blasts Iran's Peaceful Program M29 9:01AM

Déterminismes et automatismes M29 5:44AM

Iran Nuclear Deal: Getting Close, Hold the Cheers M29 5:25AM

“Censoring Palestine” event at UC Berkeley M28 6:42PM

Washington Wants Irs Big Lying Machine Revved Up M28 11:33AM

Israel Uses Lethal Force Against Palestinian Children M28 11:16AM

Israeli Stooge Abbas Supports Obama's War on Yemen M28 9:15AM

Israel Joins Obama's War on Yemen M28 6:08AM

Phony US Support for Ending Palestime's Occupation M27 11:54AM

Kiev's Ongoing Dirty War o Donbass M27 8:41AM

Amnesty International Documents hamas War Crimes M27 8:03AM

America at War, Again M27 3:46AM

Gov Susana Martinez petitions court to reject Chiricahua Fort Sill Apache Tribe's legal re M26 10:05PM

The Shortwave Report 03/27/15 Listen Globally! M26 5:03PM

Are Jewish students safe at the University of California? M26 4:16PM

Putin and Assad Address Western Imperialism M26 11:08AM

Secret US Intelligence on Yemen Compromised M26 8:41AM

More US-Sponsored Middle East Aggression M26 2:54AM

Where is Geronimo M25 10:36PM

NJ Gov. Christie Claims Cannabis Legalization is "Blood Money" M25 7:40PM

how the fbi converts cops at every level (and citizens) into criminals. M25 2:56PM

Vaccines' Toxic Ingredients Fueled by Drug Company Liability Immunity And Greed M25 1:04PM

Seeing behind the Global iron Curtain. M25 12:10PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy