Israeli MPs Try To Assault Haneen Zoabi
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By/Por> Jonathan Cook

This 9-minute video, showing Israeli Jewish MPs’ reaction to a speech by Haneen Zoabi today, offers a very revealing insight into how Israel’s tribal democracy works. And it isn’t pretty. Este video de nueve minutos aprox. muestra la reaccion que tuvieron parlamentarios judios ante el discurso de Haneen Zoabi el miercoles 29 de junio, y un aspecto revelador sobre como funciona la democracia tribal de Israel,  Y no es muy atractiva.


Even in the British parliament, which is imploding at the moment, it is impossible to imagine scenes like these. Ni siquiera en el parlamento Britanico, que en estos dias esta implosionando, es imposible imaginar situaciones como esta.

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Zoabi made the speech after Israel agreed this week very belatedly to pay compensation to the families of nine humanitarian activists killed by Israeli commandos in 2010 on the Mavi Marmara, as it plied international waters on its way to deliver aid to Gaza. In fact, it would be more accurate to say Israel assassinated the activists, as a way to deter others from following in their wake. Zoabi dio su discurso despues de que Israel acordara esta semana de mal modo compensar a la familias de nueve activistas humanitarios muertos por comandos israelies en 2010 a bordo del barco Mavi Marmara, mientras viajaban por aguas internacionales rumbo a la Franja de Gaza. De hecho seria mas preciso decir que Israel asesino a los activistas, en un intento de prevenir que otros siguieran su ejemplo.  (LA FLOTILLA INTENTABA ROMPER EL BLOQUEO ISRAELI DE GAZA, CONSIDERADA LA CARCEL SIN TECHO MAS GRANDE DEL MUNDO).

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The Marmara was a Turkish vessel and the compensation was part of Israel’s reconciliation deal with Turkey. El Marmara era una embarcacion turca y la compensacion fue pate de la reconciliacion entre Turquia e Israel.

Zoabi was the only Israeli MP on the ship, and was accused of treason by Knesset members for participating in the aid flotilla. She became public enemy number one and received many death threats at the time, including some barely veiled ones from Jewish MPs.Zoabi era la unica representante del parlamento israeli a bordo del barco, y fue acusada de traicion por miembros de la Kenesset (el congreso judio) por participar en la flotilla..  Ella se convirtio en enemigo publico numero uno y en esos dias recibio muchas amenazas de muerte,  algunas de judios miembros del parlamento.

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All the exchanges in this video are in Hebrew, but that doesn’t really matter. You don’t need to understand the language to understand what is going on. One Jewish MP, Oren Hazan, of Netanyahu’s Likud party, heckles Zoabi non-stop for more than four minutes, with the Speaker doing nothing more than politely asking him to calm down and refrain from interrupting. Todos los intercambios en el video son en hebreo, pero no importa.   Tu no necesitas entender el lenguage para comprehender lo que esta pasando,  Un parlamentario judio, Oren Hazan, miembro del partido Likud de Netanyahu, interrumpe a Zoabi constantemente por mas de cuatro minutos, mientras que el vocero del Knesset no hace nada aparte de que cortezmente pedirle que se calme o que deje de interrumpir.

Remember that Palestinians MPs are regularly ejected from the Knesset for far less than this kind of barracking and violation of parliamentary protocol. Notice also that the Knesset TV spends as much time, if not more, focusing on the heckler than Zoabi, implicitly legitimising his anti-democratic behaviour. Toma en cuenta que los parlamentarios palestinos son regularmente expulsados de la Knesset por violaciones menores que estas que constituyen una violentacion del protocolo parlamentario. Tambien nota que la camara de video del parlamento es enfocada con la misma duracion si no que mas  en Hazan, que en Zoabi.

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But when Zoabi accuses the soldiers of “murder” at about 4.30-min into the video, all hell breaks loose. A dozen or more Jewish MPs rush to the podium and start circling Zoabi like a pack of baying hyenas. By this stage, when Zoabi is being physically threatened by a number of MPs in the parliament chamber, you might think it would be time for some of them to be forcefully ejected, if only to indicate that this subversion of the democratic process will not be tolerated. But not a bit of it. They are treated with kid gloves. Pero cuando Zoabi acusa a los soldados de “asesinos” como a los 41/2 minutos del principio del video es cuando todo explota. Como una docena de parlamentarios judios se avalanchan hacia el podio y empiezan a circular alrededor de Zoabi como una manada de hienas.  A esas alturas cuando Zoabi esta siendo amenazada fisicamente por un grupo de parlamentarios en el edificio de la Knesset, tu pensarias que seria el momento oportuno para expulsar a algunos de los agresores, cuando menos para indicar que esa subversion del proceso democratico no sera tolerada.  Pero nada, ellos son tratados con petalos de rosa.

The Knesset guards simply try to block the violent Jewish MPs from reaching the single Palestinian MP in their sights, presumably fearful that were she to be physically assaulted that might make headline news and make Israel look bad. Los guardias de la Knesset sencillamente bloquean el paso de los violentos parlamentarios para que no alcancen a la parlamentaria Palestina, presuntamente porque temian que si ella fuera asaltada fisicamente el incidente apareceria despues en los titulares de los diarios dando una mala imagen a Israel.

Paradoxically, the only MP you can see on the film being pushed out of the Knesset chamber is Zoabi’s party leader, Jamal Zahalka, who from the look of things is interceding because he’s worried she is in danger. Hazan was finally removed, though after more than eight minutes of heckling, threats and belligerence. Paradojicamente, el unico parlamentario que puedes ves en el video siendo empujado fuera de la camara de la Knesset es Jamal Zahalka, lider del partido politico de Zoabi, quien al parecer estaba intercediendo por temor a que ella estuviera en peligro. Hazan fue finalmente removido despues de mas de ocho minutos de interrupcion, amenazas y beligerancia.

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Another paradox: Zoabi and her fellow party MPs have only recently been allowed to speak in the Knesset again, after the ethics committee (dominated by Jewish MPs) suspended them for several months because of their “unacceptable” political views.Otra paradoja: hasta hace poco se permitio a Zoabi y a sus companieros parlamentarios de su partido que hablaran otra vez en la Knesset despues de que un comite de etica dominado por parlamentarios judios, los suspendieron por varios meses por tener “inaceptables” puntos de vista politicos.

I doubt very much that any of these Jewish MPs, even though they have threatened and tried to physically harm another MP, one from the wrong tribe, will suffer any consequences at all for their behaviour.

Zoabi said in her speech: “I stood here six years ago, some of you remember the hatred and hostility toward me, and look where we got to. Apologies to the families of those who were called terrorists. The nine that were killed, it turns out that their families need to be compensated. I demand an apology to all the political activists who were on the Marmara and an apology to MK Haneen Zoabi, who you’ve incited against for six years. I demand compensation and I will donate it to the next flotilla. As long as there’s a siege, more flotillas need to be organized.”

In addition to the violent reception from MPs visible on film, there was widespread incitement from other MPs. Michael Oren, who a while back was Israel’s ambassador to the US, sounded like Avigdor Lieberman as he said Zoabi’s speech proved she was not loyal and should be permanently stripped of her parliamentary status, under a soon-to-be-passed Suspension Law.

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In true colonial style, the government’s chief whip, David Bitan, was reported to have told Palestinian voters in Israel after Zoabi’s speech: “We need to make sure she doesn’t stay in the Knesset. We’ve had enough of this and she doesn’t even represent you properly.”

Jonathan Cook is a Nazareth- based journalist and winner of the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for JournalismJonathan Cook: the View from Nazareth -

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