Restaurant Owner Gives Arab MK Haneen Zoabi the Boot

The Knesset member has been vilified in Israel for saying the abductors of the teens in the West Bank are not terrorists.

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Israeli Arab lawmaker Haneen Zoabi speaks at a news conference in Jerusalem, December 19, 2012.
Israeli Arab lawmaker Haneen Zoabi speaks at a news conference in Jerusalem, December 19, 2012. Credit: Reuters

MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad,) who has been vilified in Israel for saying that the abductors of the three teens in the West Bank were not terrorists, was kicked out of a restaurant, Arutz Sheva reported.

Neither the name of the restaurant nor its location were provided, but the confrontation between Zoabi and the restaurant owner was captured by a cell phone camera.

At the start of the video, the owner can be heard asking Zoabi sarcastically if there are no restaurants in Gaza, to which she responds by saying "no, they're bombing in Gaza."

The owner then tells her to leave, saying "you little traitor. I can do it (remove you), it's my democratic right."

After Zoabi shouts back, the owner continues "that's what it is, if you talk like that definitely that's what you'll get. You don't deserve equality." After a momentary silence, the owner again calls her "traitor."

On Monday, police recommended that Zoabi be indicted for incitement.

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