Arab MK set to take part in new Gaza flotilla
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Arab MK set to take part in new Gaza flotilla

Coming off 4-month suspension from parliament, Hanin Zoabi reportedly to board ‘Women’s Boat to Gaza’ in September; also sailed on 2010 flotilla

Hanin Zoabi of the Joint (Arab) List in the Knesset on December 22, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Hanin Zoabi of the Joint (Arab) List in the Knesset on December 22, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Arab MK Hanin Zoabi is expected to take part in a women’s flotilla to the Gaza Strip this fall, Channel 2 reported Thursday.

According to the report, Zoabi was planning to participate in the “Women’s Boat to Gaza” flotilla to protest Israel and Egypt’s blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

Zoabi’s office didn’t respond to Channel 2’s inquiries concerning her participation in the demonstration.

The lawmaker of the Joint (Arab) List is just coming off a four-month suspension from the Knesset for meeting with the relatives of terrorists killed while attacking Israelis.

She came under fire for taking part in the May 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla to Gaza that ended in a deadly clash between pro-Palestinian activists and Israel Defense Forces troops.

Footage taken from Mavi Marmara security cameras, showing the activists onboard as they prepare to attack incoming IDF soldiers on May 31, 2010 (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson/Flash90)
Footage from the Mavi Marmara security cameras shows the activists on board as they prepare to attack incoming IDF soldiers on May 31, 2010. (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson/Flash90)

Zoabi recently suffered a major political setback within her Balad faction, Channel 2 reported, and may not be on the party list in the next election.

The Women’s Boat to Gaza website said the protest’s mission was “not only to challenge the Israeli blockade — which Israel maintains to prevent Hamas, the Islamic terror group that rules Gaza, from importing weapons — but to also show solidarity and bring a message of hope to the Palestinian people.

“With the support of women, men, nongovernmental organizations, civil society groups and from women’s collectives and events around the world, we will make this happen.”

The upcoming flotilla was scheduled to set sail for the Gaza Strip in mid-September and arrive on October 1.

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