Mohammad Zoabi (pictured), an Israeli Muslim teenager from Nazareth and a cousin of virulently anti-Israel Member of Knesset Haneen Zoabi, recently made waves by expressing his unwavering support for the Jewish state on YouTube.
This week, the junior Zoabi was at it again, posting a video (see below) condemning last Thursday’s abduction of three Jewish youth by Palestinian terrorists.
Zoabi begins the video by addressing “those terrorists who have kidnapped our kids” before continuing in Arabic with a threat that the perpetrators better “bring them back, and bring them back now.”
To Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government, Zoabi demanded that they “stop cooperating with terrorists,” by which he meant the Palestinian Authority itself.
Until Israel gets a handle on this situation, Zoabi cautioned that everyone, both Jew and Arab, living in Israel is a potential target for terrorist abduction. “Our enemies don’t separate between Arabs and Jews living in Israel,” he noted. “For them, we are all one. For them, we are all Israelis.”
And Zoabi wouldn’t have it any other way. “…You know what, I am proud about that. I’m an Israeli, and I will remain an Israeli,” he stated.
Needless to say, Mohammad’s public remarks infuriated his cousin, MK Hanin Zoabi, a lawmaker so hostile toward her own government that she personally participated in the ill-fated 2010 Gaza flotilla aimed at breaking Israel’s maritime blockade of the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave.
In interviews with Israeli media, Hanin called her younger relative a “stupid boy with a twisted identity,” and expressed satisfaction that Israel felt the need to rely on what she called the “delusional” statements of a teenager to bolster its case.
A wave of negative comments on the YouTube video ranged from accusing Mohammad of being mentally ill to threatening the teen’s life. “I feel like strangling you,” wrote one, while another said he hoped the younger Zoabi would be the next Israeli abducted.
Government coalition chairman MK Yariv Levin (Likud) demanded that Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch work to ensure the young Muslim’s safety. On Monday, Israel Police arrested three of Zoabi’s relatives who were among those issuing death threats to the teen.