Knesset Member: Israel, Racist Regime

Israeli Knesset member Haneen Zoabi has described Israel as “a racist system with laws discriminating against Palestinians,” Press TV reports.

Zoabi, who represents the Balad party in the Knesset (parliament), said in an exclusive interview with Press TV on Tuesday that there are “43 laws which legally discriminate against the Palestinians.”

The discriminating legislation includes laws regarding “land, citizenship, identity, education, budget,” Zoabi said.

The Knesset member added that the Israeli regime seeks to “confiscate” her identity, asking her to be “loyal to Zionism.”

Zoabi also referred to the campaign against her party within the Knesset, describing it as “a consensus, a general mood inside the Knesset.”

The campaign against Zoabi has intensified since her testimony against Israel’s legal and political system during the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, held in Cape Town, South Africa, earlier in November. The tribunal ruled that Israel’s practices against the Palestinian people are in violation of the prohibition of apartheid under the international law.

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) was formed in March 2009 to promote and sustain initiatives in support of the rights of the Palestinian people. The RToP is a part of the Russell Tribunal, also known as the International War Crimes Tribunal or Russell-Sartre Tribunal, that was a public body organized by British philosopher Bertrand Russell and hosted by French philosopher and playwright Jean-Paul Sartre.

(Press TV)

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