Outspoken Nazareth teen Mohammad Zoabi was once again speaking to the Israeli press Thursday morning, telling Channel 2 News that the current tension between Arabs and Jews needs to cease, and both sides need to work together against the real terrorists.
Across the nation, and in Jerusalem in particular, tensions between Arabs and Jews have reached boiling point in the aftermath of the discovery of the bodies of three abducted Jewish teens and the subsequent murder of an Arab youth in the capital, possibly an act of revenge.
The 16-year-old Zoabi said he could fully understand the anger of the Jews. “I myself was outraged when I heard that the three abducted [Jewish] youths were dead,” he told his interviewers. “But we need to come together and work together against the terrorists.”
Last month, the young Zoabi stopped making press appearances or speaking out on social media after members of his own family threatened to kidnap him to the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas to be “punished” for his views. But the current situation was apparently too much for Zoabi to keep silent any longer.
Mohammad went on to skewer his more famous relative, Member of Knesset Hanin Zoabi, who is a vociferous opponent of the state that pays her salary. When news first broke that Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel had been nabbed, MK Zoabi insisted that the Hamas perpetrators were not terrorists, and that the abduction was perfectly legitimate.
“MK Zoabi should be ashamed of herself,” said the younger Zoabi. “I am ashamed of her. …We are not Palestinians. We are Israeli Arabs.”
Mohammad Zoabi said there are many more Arab teens who feel like him, “some are even more Zionist than me,” but that most are afraid to speak out publicly because people like Hanin Zoabi have made it taboo for Arabs to freely speak their minds.
The young man’s Israeli interviewers were clearly impressed by his bravery in speaking out as he does. Zoabi concluded his interview: “Am Israel Chai! (The People of Israel Live!)”