Election panel to consider motions against Haneen Zoabi, who
took part in Gaza flotilla in 2010, and two Arab parties
Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 18 December 2012 11.43 GMT
An Arab member of the Israeli parliament is facing an attempt to disqualify her from standing in next month's general election, a move she has likened to fascism.
The state elections committee will hear a motion against Haneen Zoabi's candidacy on Wednesday. She is accused of undermining the state of Israel and "inciting against its government, its institutions" and the military, according to a written submission to the committee.
Zoabi, one of 11 MPs representing Arab parties, has faced a vigorous campaign against her since she took part in a flotilla of ships attempting to breach Israel's blockade of Gaza in May 2010. Nine Turkish activists were killed when Israeli commandos stormed the lead ship, the Mavi Marmara, on which Zoabi was a passenger.