Hanin Zoabi: IDF operation in West Bank is terrorism


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Hanin Zoabi: IDF operation in West Bank is terrorism
Balad MK not sure kidnapping actually happened, says PM using it as pretense to ‘kill Palestinians,’ accuses PA of treason for cooperating
By Times of Israel staff June 21, 2014, 7:08 pm 17

The Israeli operation in the West Bank to locate the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped last Thursday amounts to terrorism, Balad MK Hanin Zoabi said Saturday, in an interview filled with provocative statements. Four days after she prompted a political storm for asserting that the abduction did not constitute terrorism, Zoabi on Saturday said she wasn’t sure the kidnapping had taken place at all, claimed Israel wasn’t so much hunting for the trio as seeking to kill Palestinians, and accused the Palestinian Authority of treason in cooperating with Israel in the operation to find the Israeli youths. In a fiery interview on Channel 2′s “Meet the Press,” Zoabi also charged that Israelis were “ignoring the context of the occupation” in which the kidnapping of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Frankel, 16, and Gil-ad Shaar, 16 occurred last week.

“Three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped, but the two Palestinian kids who were killed [on Friday] were not even mentioned [in your broadcast]? The blood of Jews is more precious than the blood of Palestinians?” Zoabi said. (A 14-year-old and a 22-year-old were reported killed, with Israeli military officials saying soldiers were attacked with stones and patrol bombs and believed their lives were in danger when they opened fire.) The Knesset member also reiterated her assessment, first delivered earlier this week, that the kidnapping of the three Israelis youths did not constitute terrorism. “I don’t agree with the abduction, but I don’t think the abductors are terrorists because I’m looking at the macro [the big picture], at the context of the occupation,” she said.

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