Hanin Zoubi predicts Palestinian revolution

February 14, 2011

Hanin Zoubi , an Arab member of Israel's parliament (Knesset) has predicted a Palestinian revolution, modeled after the one in Egypt, which terminated three decades of dictatorship.

“Israel has been relying on the weakness of the Arab people, but now this has been changed,” said Member of Knesset Hanin Zoubi, referring to the recent political upheavals in the region, Ynetnews, reported on Saturday.
“It gives us a lot of morale and self-assurance because the Egyptian people have succeeded in overthrowing the government after 30 years, so maybe we can free ourselves of occupation as well,” she added.
Zoubi is a Palestinian Arab, who is also an Arab citizen of Israel. Elected in 2009, she is the first woman to be elected to the Knesset on an Arab party's list.
On May 31, 2010 Zoubi participated in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. She spoke to Israeli media, from aboard ship. Zoubi was on board Turkish MV Mavi Marmara when Israeli commandos assassinated nine Turkish activists on the high seas.
“We are taking part in the rejoicing because we are a part of the Arab nation and are satisfied that the power has been returned to the Egyptian people. What occurred there is not a matter relevant only to Egypt and Mubarak, but also in general to relations between the people and their regime in Arab countries,” Zoubi said.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak handed power over to the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces on Friday, giving in to 18 straight days of pro-democracy demonstrations.
The protests were fiercely confronted by Egyptian security forces. More than 300 people have lost their lives since the popular movements began on January 25, reports say.
Hundreds rallied in Israel in celebration of the victory on Saturday led by Zoubi and other parliamentarians from the Arab Balad Party.
The demonstrators waved Egyptian and Palestinian flags, and held up signs saying “The Egyptian people are heroes” and “Mubarak destroyed his people.”
Israel fabricated its existence in 1948 during full-scale military offensives against the Arab world, forcing 711,000 Palestinians to leave their homeland. Estimates for 2008 put the number of Palestinian refugees at over 4.6 million.
In 1967 and during the Six-Day War, Tel Aviv went on to occupy and later annex the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in a move not recognized by the international community.
Tel Aviv has alleged exclusive right to the Palestinian territories for its population, many of whom it brought in from abroad following the first war.
Analysts denounce the claim as “racist” as it denies the native Palestinians' territorial rights and say it clashes with Israel's claim to observe “democratic” standards.
Tel Aviv has also been accused of implementing an apartheid system by which it indulges the Israelis, while depriving the Palestinians of their basic rights.
(Source: Press TV)
Photo: Hanin Zoubi, Arab member of Israeli parliament
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