Newly Released Video Belies Arab MK's Story

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Video footage released by Army Radio on Wednesday contradicts statements by Israeli Arab MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) concerning her involvement with pro-Palestinian activists aboard the Turkish flagship Mavi Mamara.

The video, posted on Army Radio's website, shows Zoabi on deck, then in a stairwell watching and listening to everything that was going on. At one point, she raises her hand up as if to block the camera. 

Zoabi claimed she was unaware the activists with whom she was traveling were armed, but the video shows her watching the men brandishing clubs and metal pipes.

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"There were no people carrying clubs near me," Zoabi said a press conference following the May 31 confrontation in which nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed.

In an interview with Army Radio on Wednesday, Zoabi said she thought the pipes the men were holding were standard equipment on board a ship and not weapons to attack the soldiers.

Following her participation in the flotilla, the Knesset voted 34 to 16 to strip her of some parliamentary privileges.

"[The Knesset] was supposed to defend my right to express my opinions," Zoabi said, and "protect me from racism, which targeted me for my view." she said.

Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin said he would submit the video to the Knesset Ethics Committee and to the attorney general.

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