Zoabi: Jews not en­ti­tled to self­de­ter­mi­na­tion

Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By LAHAV HARKOV

The Jewish peo­ple do not have the right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion, though Pales­tini­ans do, Joint List MK Ha­neen Zoabi said in a speech in Dal­las last week.

“The Jews are not a na­tion­al­ity, so we can­not talk about self-de­ter­mi­na­tion for the Jewish peo­ple,” Zoabi said.

How­ever, she added, “the Is­raelis, they can have self-de­ter­mi­na­tion, but not as a Jewish state, within a sec­u­lar demo­cratic state.”

On Satur­day, Zoabi was the key­note speaker at a gala in Dal­las for the Jerusalem Fund for Ed­u­ca­tion and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment, an Amer­i­can pro-Pales­tinian or­ga­ni­za­tion.

She called for Pales­tini­ans to “de­fine the mat­ter of self-de­ter­mi­na­tion – not for the Jews, for the Is­raelis.”

The Jerusalem Fund re­moved the video of Zoabi’s speech from YouTube, but a 40-sec­ond clip is still avail­able on the Chan­nel 20 News web­site.

Ac­cord­ing to Chan­nel 20’s trans­la­tion of the speech, Zoabi said it is “ab­surd” to think that Jewish and demo­cratic can go to­gether, and that Is­rael has racist laws, cit­ing the Law of Re­turn as an ex­am­ple, as well as not au­to­mat­i­cally al­low­ing Pales­tinian spouses of Is­raeli Arabs to be­come cit­i­zens.

Ac­cord­ing to Ba­sic Law: Knes­set, any­one who de­nies Is­rael’s ex­is­tence as a Jewish and Demo­cratic state, in­cites to racism or sup­ports armed con­flict against Is­rael by an en­emy or ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion is dis­qual­i­fied from run­ning for the Knes­set. Both Zoabi and the Balad party, of which she is a mem­ber and which is cur­rently part of the Joint List, have been blocked by the Cen­tral Elec­tions Com­mit­tee on those grounds, how­ever, the Supreme Court over­turned the ban.

Zoabi was sus­pended from the Knes­set for six months in 2014 for in­cite­ment af­ter she jus­ti­fied Ha­mas shoot­ing rock­ets at Is­rael and the ab­duc­tion of three Is­raeli teens by Pales­tini­ans.

The Jerusalem Post)

HA­NEEN ZOABI (Marc Is­rael Sellem/

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