Report: Police sanction protest against Zoabi in Nazareth

MAAN NEWS AGENCY FEB 27 2012

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police have given permission for a right-wing march against a Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament in her home town of Nazareth, Israeli media reported Monday.

Part of a campaign under the slogan “Expel Hanin Zoabi from the Knesset”, her fellow parliamentarian Michael Ben-Ari will accompany activists from far-right group Our Land of Israel in the procession through the Palestinian city on March 11, Hebrew newspaper Maariv said.

Zoabi, a member of Palestinian party Balad, said she feared the group would spark clashes with locals.

The first female Palestinian to sit in Israel’s parliament, Zoabi has drawn the ire of Israel’s right-wing for her outspoken support of Palestinians.

Around 20 percent, or 1.3 million people, of Israel’s population are of Palestinian origin.


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