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Israeli Critic "Witch Hunt"

HANEEN ZOABI, via Shada Zoabi


HANEEN ZOABI, via Shada Zoabi
A member of the Israeli Knesset, Zoabi, who was born in Nazareth, is
a board member and co-founder of the I'lam Media Center for Arab
Palestinians in Israel
. She was aboard the Mavi Marmara, the lead
ship in the Gaza flotilla where nine activists were killed, and she
witnessed some of them bleed to death. When she returned to Israel to
speak in the Knesset (the Israeli parliament), she was verbally
assaulted by other parliament members. A Facebook group calling for her
death has reportedly attracted hundreds of members. See interview
and footage of
Zoabi in the Knesset

Also see: "Knesset
panel recommends revoking Arab MK's privileges: Decision to strip Balad
MK Haneen Zoabi of privileges over Gaza flotilla participation passed
by a majority of seven to one; Zoabi to Haaretz: We are victims of a
witch hunt."

Jay is CEO and senior editor of The
Real News Network
. He recently wrote the piece "In
Defense of Helen Thomas: On Apologizing to Apologists" in which her
refers to a "McCarthyite witch hunt atmosphere."

Jay did a series of interviews
with Thomas in April

He was also recently in the Mideast, interviewing key people in the
region including a Hamas official.

"On a press call hosted by a pro-Israel organization, Rep. Brad
Sherman, Democrat of California, told reporters that he intends to seek
the prosecution of any U.S. citizens who were aboard or involved with
the Freedom Flotilla."

The Free Gaza Movement and
other peace groups have released a statement that they will "be
voluntarily making themselves available for arrest in Rep. Brad
Sherman's Capitol Hill offices on Thursday, June 10 at 2 p.m. In the
event they are not arrested, they will be holding a memorial service for
those killed aboard the Mavi Marmara in Rep. Sherman's Rayburn HOB

Col. Ann Wright (ret.), a former U.S. diplomat, Gaza Freedom March
organizer, and a passenger aboard the recent Freedom Flotilla, said
today: "Nine aid workers were murdered by Israeli commandos, and more
than 50 were wounded. I want to look Brad Sherman in the eye and see if
he has any sense for the gravity of this situation. If Sherman wants to
have us arrested -- we'll be there."

Kysia, an organizer with the Free Gaza Movement, said today: "Rep.
Sherman is welcome to arrest me and try to make his case to a jury of my
peers. Delivering humanitarian aid to people in need is not
'terrorism.' Brad Sherman is a prime example of just how degenerate our
political discourse has become on Capitol Hill."

Correction: In a news release distributed Tuesday, IPA wrote that Melvin
Goodman, who was featured on the release, was "with the CIA for 41
years." While he held various government positions for that long, he was
with the CIA for 24 years.

A nationwide consortium, the Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA) represents an unprecedented effort to bring other voices to the mass-media table often dominated by a few major think tanks. IPA works to broaden public discourse in mainstream media, while building communication with alternative media outlets and grassroots activists.