Hanin Zoabi has been elected into the Israeli Parliament Knesset. This makes her therefore a member of Knesset (MK). Zoabi belongs to a party called Balad
Balad is a political party, whose stated purpose is the ‘struggle to transform the state of Israel into a democracy for all its citizens, irrespective of national or ethnic identity.’ It opposes the idea of Israel as a solely Jewish state, and supports its recasting as a binational state.
Balad also advocates that the state of Israel recognize Palestinian Arabs as a national minority, entitled to all rights that come with that status including autonomy in education, culture and media. Since the party’s formation, it has objected to every proposed state budget on the grounds that they have discriminated against the Arab population.
The party supports creation of two states based on pre-1967 borders, with the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem to constitute a Palestinian state and the implementation of UN Resolution 194 regarding the right of return to Palestinian refugees.
Balad describes itself as a ‘democratic progressive national party for the Palestinian citizens of Israel (Wikipedia)
Haneen Zoabi, a Balad Knesset member, said in March 2009 that she was not worried about the prospect of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. Instead she suggested that a nuclear-armed Iran would act as a counter-power to Israel. Zoabi also welcomed Iran’s growing influence on Palestinian affairs, saying that Iran has played a more beneficial role in region than Jordan and Egypt because it stood more firmly “against occupation than a lot of the Arab countries”. Balad’s chairman, Jamal Zahalka, said that Zoabi’s comments represented an “analysis,” not a “position,” and did not constitute “supporting a nuclear weapon in Iran.” (Wikipedia)
THE THING ABOUT ZOABI
The idea of Israel according to Balfour (1917) was that the Jews would have a Homeland of their own. There was no wording, no terminology as today, no national concept among Arabs known in 1917 as the “Palestinians”.
LEON TROTSKY IN THE 1930S
This is dealt with in the famous biography by Joseph Nedava. Trotsky did not think that Jews would ever be safe inside a capitalist world because like us on 4international Trotsky identified capitalism in crisis as the source of this very dangerous form of capitalist rule-Fascism.
But he was no dogmatist. Recognising in those all too real times the great danger to Jews from Hitler Trotsky in effect (despite Nedava’s confusion on some aspects of the issue) not in words but in deeds stated himself as a Zionist, a Zionist based on science not religion. This is what Nedava wrote quite recently:
“The one thing one cannot say of Trotsky, as Mr. Carmichael does, is that whatever he wrote of Jewishness was “banal and predictable.” In 1938 Trotsky predicted the Holocaust and expressed his fear of the physical annihilation of seven million Jews in Europe. A year earlier he admitted the need for a “territorial” solution to the Jewish problem. These are far-reaching views. To be sure, in subscribing indirectly to the Zionist solution, it did not follow that Trotsky himself would have become a pilgrim to Zion: Zionism dawned on him too late in the day for that, but I am convinced that had Stalin spared him another eight years of life to witness the establishment of the State of Israel, Trotsky would have sanctioned this historic fact, even if only as a “temporary” solution to the Jewish problem until the Communist “millennium” was finally ushered in. In this respect, Mrs. Beba Idelson’s interview with Trotsky in 1937, which I cite in my book, is very illuminating.”
This brings us back to Zoabi and the situation that Israel finds itself in today. Trotsky was very clear on the reason for founding the Israeli state. One aspect which he had to stress in 1937 and indeed did stress was that the Jews needed a state for basic self-defence.
In this regard the Jews in the 1930s and in 1941 found that there was no country in the world, no capitalist nation whatsoever, including America and Britain, that was prepared to open its doors to the Jews in such danger from Hitler.
No help! That is the hard lesson of history! This was accentuated when Polish Underground members escaped, travelled to London, met the American and British representatives and asked in vain for the British and especially American planes (who were already overflying the camps) to bomb the ovens and the railway lines (Claude Lanzmann, Shoah)
One further aspect of the Holocaust must be noted. The Arabs were fully represented by Hajj Amin el Husseini. This Arab from Palestine area was a fully fledged Nazi and played a most central role in the Holocaust. There is THE MOST DIRECT line from that Nazi and Zoabi today.
The lesson…The state of Israel is first and foremost a defence against Antisemitism.
If the state of Israel is according to what Trotsky put forward a defence against Antisemitism then this is precisely what the Jewish leaders since 1948 have failed to do.
Continually the Arabs in the Middle East have been waging Jihad against the Jews and therefore against Israel. The leaders of Israel historically from Ben Gurion on into the present leaders like Netanyahu have let the Jews down very badly indeed by not defending the Jews against Israel.
4international is going to be placing emphasis on the size of this area. The whole of the area is less than the size of Munster, which is one of 4 roughly equal provinces in Ireland.
As Mark Langfan emphasises with his maps this is an area which the enemies of the Jews cannot be allowed to have any foothold whatsoever. THE AREA FOR ONE THING IS JUST TOO SMALL.
4international has long held that Jews because of world Antisemitism must live alone and that any others inside the Jewish state must be there only as guests.
There must not be any ability of any enemy of the Jews to wage war, verbal or lethal (as in kidnapping)
This is what separates us Trotskyists on 4international from so many in the world today. Disagree if you want but if you in word or deed allow any to wage any warfare on the Jews today you are indeed ANTISEMITIC.
IN PRACTICE THIS MEANS
There is therefore great urgency to have a leadership in Israel that will expel from Israel Zoabi and it is as simple as that. Until 4international sees that happening then we have no confidence in anything Netanyahu says or even does. It is all camouflage for more betrayal
(from Israel National News)
By Hezki Ezra and Elad Benari
The Balad party, of which MK Hanin Zoabi is a member, dismissed on Tuesday evening the criticism that was leveled at Zoabi after she justified the kidnapping of three yeshiva students by Hamas.
In a statement, the party also blamed the “Israeli occupation” for recent violence.
“The mad cries of revenge by Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, the Jewish Home, MK Miri Regev and others, are proof of the Israeli political system, which does not want to hear a different voice that is not aligned with the nationalist consensus, which sanctifies aggression, occupation and settlements,” said the party.
“Balad and MK Hanin Zoabi see the Israeli government as responsible for the continuing violence and bloodshed. The occupation is the source of violence, and the way to prevent violence is to end the occupation and to take a path of serious dialogue on the basis of UN resolutions,” Balad’s statement read.
“Balad and MK Hanin Zoabi support the just struggle against the occupation,” the party continued, adding, “International law explicitly states that people which are under occupation have the right to struggle against the occupation. We emphasize our opposition to hurting innocent people, and the duty to conduct the struggle within the framework of reason and morality.”
The party statement added, “Balad and MK Hanin Zoabi hope that the issue of the abduction ends peacefully, and the way to do so is through dialogue and sending a message of willingness to release prisoners on hunger strike from administrative detention without trial. We condemn the re-conquest of the Hevron area and the arbitrary arrests.”
Zoabi’s comments on the kidnapping came in a radio interview, in which she stated that the “kidnappers are not terrorists” and that the kidnapping is a “last resort” for Palestinian Arabs frustrated by their lives.
“They are not terrorists, I do not agree with you!” Zoabi fired. “They have seen no other way to change their reality and they have to resort to these measures until Israel sobers up a bit and feels the suffering of others.”
Following the comments, Culture Minister Limor Livnat (Likud) announced that she intends to turn to the Attorney General demanding an investigation into Zoabi’s comments and whether they can be classified as an offense under Section 144 of the Penal Code against “incitement to violence of terror.”
Liberman slammed Zoabi in a Facebook post, writing, “Not only are the kidnappers terrorists; Hanin Zoabi is a terrorist.”
He called for harsh judgement to be meted upon the MK. “The fate of the kidnappers and the fate of Zoabi, an inciter, should be the same.”
“Expel her to Gaza and remove her diplomatic immunity,” MK Miri Regev (Likud) stated Tuesday. “This is a betrayal. She identified herself with terrorists on the Mavi Marmara and now she identifies herself with the Hamas terrorists who kidnapped our three boys.”
Tourism Minister Uzi Landau (Likud Beytenu) condemned the comments as well, telling Arutz Sheva that Zoabi “is an ambassador of terrorism in the Israeli Knesset.”