MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) will be assigned a bodyguard after she received death threats, the Knesset Security Chief Yosef Griff announced Wednesday.
Zoabi’s public defense of the kidnappers of three Jewish teens has provoked a furious reaction, and she told Army Radio she has had to go into hiding and threw away her phone, which she said was hacked.
Numerous MKs have demanded the removal of her parliamentary immunity so she can be tried for incitement, others are proposing bills to oust her from the Knesset for supporting terror.
A police spokesman said Wednesday that the complaints about her will be examined by State Attorney’s Office to determine whether or not her words were illegal incitement.
Earlier Wednesday, opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Labor) sent a letter to the Arab MK, saying she should apologize, The Jerusalem Post reported.
“Yesterday, at the height of the operation to bring back the boys, you decided to say obscene words encouraging kidnapping,” Herzog wrote. “These statements harm peace and coexistence no less than any ‘Price Tag’ act.”
“More importantly,” Herzog continued, “These statements cause great pain to the families, who are waiting anxiously to know the fate of their sons.”
But as of Wednesday morning, Zoabi was unapologetic.
“I can’t call this act terrorism, even if I don’t agree with it — and I don’t,” Zoabi told Army Radio. “This incident is a result of [Israeli] war crimes.