For those not aware, the Israeli Knesset has a reputation as a place for bare-knuckle political brawling. But deliberations today, I think descended even farther below the normal level of screaming mayhem and general tomfoolery.
Israeli Palestinian MK Chanin Zoabi joined the Gaza flotilla and testified that IDF commandos fired on her boat before landing on it and killing 9 other passengers including a Turkish-U.S. citizen. Today, she bravely returned to the Knesset and attempted unsuccessfully to exercise her right to address the political body of which she is a member.
In case you were wondering, this didn’t earn her any fans on the far right of the political spectrum. In fact there was a veritable cat fight and near fisticuffs, including an episode when one MK approached the rostrum and appeared to try to assault her, before being held back by security. She was called a spy and traitor and told (in very bad Arabic by one rightist) to go back to Gaza where she belonged. I’m pretty sure her mother and father’s reputations didn’t come out very well either in terms of the curses hurled at her. This is not an edifying sight if you have any sympathy for the State of Israel. Here is the font of Israeli democracy polluted by the spew of hate. Here is a young Israeli Palestinian woman nearly pummeled for exercising her rights as an Israeli citizen to protest her government’s policies.
Thanks to Dena Shunra’s translation (transcript) you can get a sense of the Knesset at its most racist, hateful and dysfunctional. Here are some of the choice epithets hurled at Zoabi:
We should vomit her out of this Knesset. She has come to represent – maybe the Hamas, maybe the Jihad…
I suggest that MK Zou’abi listen very carefully to the words, and I hope to pronounce them correctly, um, in Arabic: Ruhi leRaza Ya Khaina [“go to Gaza, you animal”] Traitor! That’s what you are! We don’t need traitors here in the Knesset of Israel.”
“[Spend] one week in Gaza, and we’ll see what happens to you. One week in Gaza, a spinster, 38 years old, we’ll see how she’d be treated there…
I think that you shouldn’t let a person talk – a person who betrays the country. We are a democratic country, but there is a limit to democracy and a person must not be allowed to speak from the Knesset podium and present the positions of the terror organizations
You are in the state of the Jews, even if it turns your stomach. Hatikva is the song that is your national anthem, even if your heart fails at the thought. And if you don’t like it? Drink up the sea of Gaza.
–translation Dena Shunra, Shunra Media
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