Petition in Support of MK Hanin Zoabi

June 7, 2010 at 10:54 pm 7 comments

Hanin ZoabiA group of Israelis seeks to protest the actions that their government is taking regarding a member of their own parliament. They have written a brief petition, which we have translated below so that it can meet its goal of 100,000 signatories. While we do not agree entirely with the wording, such as “Arab Israelis”, who should be called “Palestinians with Israeli citizenship”, we recognise that this is the terminology used in Israel, and for the sake of completely accurate translation we have translated the document literally. Despite this detail and other judgments on the state of “democracy”, we do believe it is important to demonstrate to the Israeli ruling class and to the general public that we watch what they are doing to a member of their own Parliament and recognise that she is undergoing racist treatment because she is a Palestinian and her dignity as a Parliamentarian to express herself freely as a representative of her people should not be endangered. She represents the Palestinians who live in Israel, and support of her should be evident and clear from everyone in the world who admires her courage and appreciates her actions in favour of her people. [Gulagnik editors]

 This is the site of the petition, which is only in Hebrew. 

“Following MK Hanin Zoabi’s participation in the flotilla to Gaza, there are calls to remove her parliamentary privilege of immunity and make legal charges against her. Beyond the attempts to damage MK Zoabi physically and the call by MK Miri Regev “go to Gaza, you traitor” at the 2 June 2010 session of the Knesset, the calls to remove her parliamentary immunity express an ongoing attempt by the Israeli right to violate the basic rights of Arab citizens of Israel. Even those who object to the flotilla of aid boats to Gaza, in light of the violent resistance employed by some of the activists on board, will not claim that MK Zoabi acted violently. 

This last case is only one of a long line of such attempts, all taken under cover of a democracy defending itself. Increasing legitimization for violation of the rights of the Arab minority does not come from concern for the Israeli democracy, but rather, from an anti-democratic and racist perception of any person who is not Jewish, or who is Jewish and is not Zionist. The Israeli democracy, and most importantly, its last remnants, can and must respect the political views of Zo’abi and others, Jews and Arabs alike. MK Zo’abi represents a minority of over one million citizens of the State of Israel, mostly Arab Israelis. These citizens are a full and inalienable part of the cultural and political fabric of Israel, and therefore she represents all of the lovers of democracy. 

We wish to emphasize that the attempt to violate the rights of the Arab minority is calamitous, and threatens not only the Arab citizens of Israel but also constitutes a clear and present danger to the Israeli democracy. We call upon the Speaker of the Knesset to stop the actual threat to Israeli society.” 

The petition has three boxes, the first for name, the second for city and the last for comments. The Red button under that processes the petition.

The translation of the petition was produced pro bono by Shunra Media, Inc., for Gulagnik


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. rima khalidi  |  June 7, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Hanin Zoubi had every right to stand up for her beliefs and values, she is not required to tow the party line of the israeli knesset and what hypocrisy it would be to take action against her freedom of speech coming from the “only democracy of the middle east”!!

  • 2. angelica reichelt  |  June 8, 2010 at 12:15 am

    no cooment

  • 4. Gerrard Byrne  |  June 8, 2010 at 1:25 am

    In a democratic country, dissent is not only allowed it is applauded.

    The despicable acts of Israel in ordering the invasion of a civilian flotilla of ships carrying nothing but aid and no-one but civilians should be condemned by ALL of the Knesset, not only a select few. Those who oppose the illegal actions of Israel are Israel’s greatest allies and assets. Anyone who opposes the freedom of expression should perhaps enjoy a journey back to a time when it was Jews who were fighting for their lives and freedoms in Warsaw?

    Where is the compassion? Where is the honour?

  • 5. Aissaoui Ali  |  June 8, 2010 at 8:39 am

    You are not alone: the world is with you ; Than’s for your convictions.

  • 6. Berrahal Miloud  |  June 8, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Vive la palestine totalement libre abat la palestine Israélienne!

  • 7. Marlene Bradley  |  June 8, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    In a country that proports to be the Bastian of democracy in the Middle East should treat a follow parliamentarian in such a way is disgraceful, this would never be allowed to happen in Ireland, England, or The U.S.A. We hold our Ministers in High Regard No Matter what their backround, Especially in the light of Such Blatant Disregard for human Life onboard the Flotilla. Freedom of Speech and Equality among all your citizens regardless of Faith or Colour is something which every democracy should hold in High Regard, It is the Duty of the Knesset is to Protect and support MK Hanin Zaobi, Not to criminalise her for the simple act of Humanity. These actions mimic that of a totalitarian state.


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