A rare voice.
I wager he won’t be welcome at any future family events.
UPDATE TO STORY from Israellycool:
The Consequences Of Mohammad Zoabi Speaking
3 members of a family in Nazareth were arrested on suspicion that they threatened to hurt their 17-year-old family member after he expressed solidarity with the three teenagers kidnapped in a movie spread via social networks
We believe this is the family of Mohammad Zoabi whose video message we posted (and which is proving so popular it’s hard for Israellycool’s servers to keep up).
We’re hoping and praying he stays safe: Arab society needs many more people like him not fewer.
Young relative of Arab MK makes waves slamming teens’ abductors
Nazareth teen Mohammad Zoabi, relative of controversial lawmaker Hanin Zoabi, calls PA terrorist organization, urges fellow Arabs to embrace Israel as Jewish state.
Hassan Shaalan 06.16.14, 13:57 / Israel
A video has emerged of an Arab teenager from Nazareth condemning the Palestinian Authority as a terrorist organization and calling on the kidnappers of three Israeli Jewish teens to free them immediately. What makes the video even more unusual is that it was made by Mohammad Zoabi, the 16-year-old relative of controversial Arab MK Hanin Zoabi.
The video, filmed in English, Hebrew and Arabic, has drawn thousands of angry responses, including one from Mohammad’s parliamentarian relative. In the video, Moahmmad warns that any Israeli could share the fate of 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach and 16-year-olds Naftali Frenkel and Gil-Ad Shaer, who vanished in the West Bank on Thursday night.
- Zoabi: Knesset bans entire generation of Palestinians
- MK Zoabi suspended from Knesset debates
- ‘MK Zoabi met with Hamas officials’
“To Bibi (Benjamin Netanyahu), our prime minister and his government – wake up and stop cooperating with terrorists,” Mohammed says in the video. “The Palestinian Authority is the biggest terrorist. Two days ago, these Israeli kids were kidnapped. Tomorrow, it could be me, you or any other Israeli. Our enemies don’t separate between Arabs and Jews living in Israel. For them, we are all one, for them we are all Israelis. And you know what? I am proud about that – I am an Israeli and I will remain an Israeli. And again, you better bring them back. Israel is here to exist as Jewish and as a democratic country. Am Yisrael Chai (The nation of Israel lives).”
The video sparked thousands of angry responses from the Arab sector, including accusations that Mohammad was “mentally ill” and “the boy doesn’t know what he is talking about”. Some comments even threatened violence: “I feel like strangling you,” write one person, while another “I wish that next time it would be you”.