Hanin Zuabi: Not Here to Be Loved

What’s it like to be the most hated woman in Israel? As MK Hanin Zuabi runs for the Knesset again, she remains defiant about her involvement in the 2010 Gaza flotilla. And no, she has no Jewish friends left.

At 9:00 A.M. on Thursday December 27, 2012, MK Hanin Zuabi entered a courtroom in the Supreme Court building in Jerusalem radiating optimism. Her experience as a Palestinian woman living in Israel (“It’s said that I am the most hated woman in the country,” she will tell me later) has led her to adopt a facial expression that does not betray emotions.