In Israel, Gaza Activist under Pressure

The Israeli interior minister has urged revocation of the Israeli citizenship of a Knesset member because of her presence on a Gaza-bound aid convoy.

Haneen Zuabi, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, was among hundreds of activists aboard a ship, part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

The Israeli Navy on Monday attacked the Freedom Flotilla which was carrying 10,000 tons of humanitarian supplies for the besieged people of Gaza who have been under blockade for three years.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Thursday called on Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to help revoke Zuabi’s citizenship, Israeli news outlet Ynet reports.

The senior member of the Balad party, Zuabi, has been accused of heading a group of what Israeli officials called "terrorists" who aimed to hurt Israeli military commandos.

Denouncing the raid, Zuabi denied Tel Aviv’s claims that there were weapons on the ship.

"Our goal was to break the siege. We had no plans for a confrontation. Israel carried out a provocative military operation," she said.

The interior minister claimed Zuabi’s participation in efforts to break the Gaza blockade is "a pre-meditated act of treason."

The 41-year-old Knesset member has received death threats by phone and mail.

(Press TV)

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