Sunday, June 22, 2014

Haneen Zoabi in the Jerusalem Post

[The Jerusalem Post is a really terrible right wing publication. But this article, designed to show indignation at Palestinian MK (Member of the Knesset, the elected legislature) Haneen Zoabi's supposedly treasonous statements, actually reveals some truths about the kidnapping and how the Israeli army is "looking for" the kidnapped settlers. I got a chance to meet her in Tel Aviv in 2009 as part of a Code Pink trip and have followed how she has boldly stood up for the Palestinian people over the years. As an Israeli citizen, she's in a relatively secure position compared to the Palestinians of Gaza and the West Bank, but has never failed to support the rights of all of her people.

This "kidnapping" really smells. Netanyahu knows for sure Hamas did it, but refuses to give any proof. The idea that Hamas would do such a kidnapping after negotiating a unity PA presidency and cabinet with Fatah is totally ridiculous. That Israel would carry out a fake kidnapping by an invented Hamas or jihadi cell is, actually (to me) quite believable given their history in pulling off such stunts (you can start with the Lavon affair and go forward). Whatever the case, Netanyahu is using this alleged kidnapping to wreak havoc and demonize all Palestinians and justify whatever they really plan to do, annex the West Bank outright, reoccupy the Palestinian cities, whatever]
--R Congress

Zoabi lashes out at Abbas' 'betrayal' of Palestinians for condemning kidnappings By GIL HOFFMAN
LAST UPDATED: 06/21/2014 23:12

"Abbas wants to strengthen his power," MK says as Palestinian Authority chief reassures Israel he is dedicated to finding missing teens. Haneen Zoabi
MK Haneen Zoabi. Photo: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST Balad MK Haneen Zoabi continued outflanking Palestinian officials Saturday when she accused Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas of betraying his people by condemning the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers.

Zoabi caused a storm last Tuesday when she said that the kidnappers of Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-Ad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah were not terrorists. She added fuel to the fire with her attack on Abbas on Channel 2’s Meet the Press program on Saturday.

“Abbas’s goal is to strengthen his hold on power,” she said. “His military coordination with Israel is a betrayal of the Palestinian people.”

Zoabi accused the IDF of busying itself with arresting Palestinians rather than searching for the teens. “I don’t know if there was a kidnapping,” she said. “Netanyahu is not trying to reach targets but to infiltrate and kill Palestinians.”

MK Ahmed Tibi (Ta’al) responded Friday to the death of a Palestinian teenager Thursday night that occurred during the IDF operation to find the three missing boys in the West Bank, saying that “the Israeli government is exploiting a tragic event and executing ongoing war crimes in the occupied territories.”

Mohammed Dudin, 15, was reportedly killed in the village of Dura, near Hebron in the southern West Bank, close to where the three Israeli teenagers went missing eight days ago.

Tibi condemned the “destruction of hundreds of homes and offices,” “mass arrests” and the “shooting of civilians and demonstrators” carried out by the IDF.

Reenat Sinay contributed to this report.

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