Israel Releases Bogus Video to Implicate MK Zoabi. By Hanan Chehata

Via: Middle East Monitor.

MK Haneen Zoabi Passengers on the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza have asked the Israeli authorities repeatedly for the return of their belongings and the release of the video footage they shot during the Jewish state’s attack on their boat, the Mavi Marmara, on 31st May. The Israeli assault took place over 10 weeks ago and yet it is only now that the authorities have released a 2 minutes 40 seconds video clip; but why now and why have the Israelis selected those couple of minutes from all of the hours of confiscated footage that they still have in their possession?

The Israeli authorities claim that the clip shows Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi in the presence of men from the charity group IHH armed with clubs, contradicting her claim that she did not see any flotilla members holding weapons. As a result of this video, there is now a call to investigate Ms Zoabi for her part in the violence that unfolded on board the Marmara.

However, in releasing this footage it looks as if the Israelis have shot themselves in the foot once again, because the film actually shows Israeli soldiers in a far worse light than Haneen Zoabi. In fact, it goes some way towards corroborating her version of events.

In the first of three short clips, Ms Zoabi is on screen for less than 10 seconds and she is simply in the distance walking towards the camera from the far side of the deck. There are more than 30 people milling around, only one of whom is shown for approximately six seconds holding what looks like a broomstick handle. The rest are tying on life jackets, filming the Israeli boats that are surrounding them and simply looking out to sea. At no point is Ms Zoabi seen anywhere near anyone with any kind of weapon.

In the second clip Ms Zoabi is standing in a stairwell. Blood from the victims shot by the Israeli commandos is already forming into pools on the floor of the landing a few steps up from where she stands; first aid is being administered to one of the wounded. In the stairwell she is surrounded by humanitarian flotilla members wearing orange life jackets, several with handheld cameras. On the section of the staircase directly above where she is standing – completely out of her line of sight – are three men holding what, again, look like broomstick handles. No weapons are in sight and once again it is clear that at no point is Ms Zoabi even in the visual proximity of anyone with a “weapon” even as flimsy as a broomstick.

In the third and final clip, Haneen Zoabi is in conversation with two armed Israeli soldiers. She is calm and confident but in no way aggressive at all. She is speaking in Hebrew but it is understood that she was trying to communicate to the soldiers that the wounded man in question did not want to be transferred to an Israeli hospital. Given the fact that he had just been shot by Israeli soldiers and nine colleagues had just been murdered by those same soldiers it is understandable that Ms Zoabi would do her best to ask the soldiers to let him be transferred somewhere other than Israel for medical attention! This does not contradict her claim that she later helped to facilitate the transfer of patients to get urgently needed medical treatment.

There are no guns, no knives, no clubs nor any other kind of weapon being held by anyone in this clip apart from, of course, those carried by Israeli soldiers, who are in full combat gear with their faces covered having a conversation with Ms Zoabi. Next to her is a man with a stethoscope around his neck while several men are lying on chairs, clearly having been wounded in the Israeli assault.

The content of the video, all two minutes and forty seconds of it, does not implicate Haneen Zoabi in the slightest. It actually supports her assertions about the events that unfolded. Claims by newspapers such as Jpost which state that the “video proves Zoabi knew activists [were] armed” are laughable. It does no such thing, so why release the footage? It’s simple; it serves as a diversion. Haneen Zoabi has made it clear that she believes the release of this footage at this particular time to be an effort to divert attention from the investigation into the flotilla assault that is now taking place; more specifically, that its release was timed to coincide with the IDF Chief of Staff giving his testimony. It is no more than that.

Calls to investigate her are welcomed by Haneen Zoabi because, as she has said before, neither she nor any of the other passengers on board the Mavi Marmara have anything to hide. But the Israeli army must have lots to cover up, as is clear from its consistent refusal to release all of the stolen footage or to let its soldiers be questioned during the investigation, and the curt refusal to co-operate with a fair and objective international enquiry into Israel’s murder of nine human rights activists in international waters.


20 thoughts on “Israel Releases Bogus Video to Implicate MK Zoabi. By Hanan Chehata

  1. it is not a bogus video, you can see Zoabi in the video, are you blind?

    according to people like you, EVERYTHING is bogus that Israel shows but NOTHING is bogus when you show it, get real!

    you are only fooling the idiots who believe your crap and yourself of course no one else!

  2. For anyone who wants to see the english subtitles which I put together for the conversation between Zoabi and the soldiers, showing how desperate the soldiers were to help the injured and how Zoabi and the injured didnt make any effort to help themselves…

    we are not immoral, deal with it!

  3. Kana48 – your video post is pointless as it only shows one side, it ignores the actual attack that we have all already seen and we can see that the activists attacked the soldiers first, there is no doubt the 9 that were killed were terrorists, the rest may be regular people…

    in your video it shows blood stains before the raid even began, this does not fool me, it only fools people like you!

    why do you think that the other boats did not have any injuries or people being killed?

    because the other boats did not have terrorists on it, those terrorists fooled the rest of the lot on the boat, it was a secret mission and we know this now… deal with it!

    you are not going to damage Israel even if you try …

    good luck!

  4. By the way IsraelMuse, lets see if you can find out who the terrorist is by comparing MK Zoabi “translated” talk to the talk of the war criminals of your state, like Moshe Dayan and Ben Gurion…. Because we need to go back to the root of the issue, The Occupation which you don’t dare to mention it!

    Just compare and lets see the real terrorists!!

    Moshe Dayan stated in an oration at the funeral of an Israeli farmer killed by a Palestinian Arab in April 1956:
    “. . . Let us not today fling accusation at the murderers. What cause have we to complain about their fierce hatred to us? For eight years now, they sit in their refugee camps in Gaza, and before their eyes we turn into our homestead the land and villages in which they and their forefathers have lived. We should demand his blood not from the [Palestinian] Arabs of Gaza but from ourselves. . . . Let us make our reckoning today. We are a generation of settlers, and without the steel helmet and gun barrel, we shall not be able to plant a tree or build a house. . . . Let us not be afraid to see the hatred that accompanies and consumes the lives of hundreds of thousands of [Palestinian] Arabs who sit all around us and wait for the moment when their hands will be able to reach our blood.” (Iron Wall, p. 101)

    Moshe Dayan addressing the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), Haifa (as quoted in Ha’aretz, 4 April 1969):
    “Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist, not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushu’a in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not one single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.”

    “David Ben-Gurion told Nahum Goldman before he died:
    “I don’t understand your optimism.,” Ben-Gurion declared. “Why should the Arabs make peace? If I was an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. We come from Israel, it’s true, but two thousand years ago, and what is that to them? There has been anti-Semitism the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we have come here and stolen their country. Why should they accept that? They may perhaps forget in one or two generations’ time, but for the moment there is no chance. So it’s simple: we have to stay strong and maintain a powerful army. Our whole policy is there. Otherwise the Arabs will wipes us out”.
    “But how can you sleep with that prospect in mind,” I broke in, “and be Prime Minister of Israel too?” Who says I sleep? he answered simply. (The Jewish Paradox by Nahum Goldman, p. 99)”

    And from Herzl:
    “On 7 July 1902, while meeting the Royal Commission on Alien Immigration in London, Herzl was asked why Russian Jews could not be settled in uninhabited lands other than Palestine, such as Argentina, he replied: “[Such resettlement would fail] because when you want a great settlement, you must have a flag and an idea. You cannot make those things only with money. . . With money you cannot make a general movement of a great mass of people. You must give them an ideal. You must put into them the belief in their future, and then you will be able to take out the devotion of the hardest labour imaginable. [For example,] Argentina has a very good soil and the conditions for agricultural labour are much better than in Palestine, but in Palestine they work with enthusiasm and they succeed. I am not speaking of artificially made colonies, but self-helping colonies, which have that great national idea.” (Israel: A History, p. 21)”

    As you see I am just trying to expose your apartheid, the damage comes from its core as a colonial settler raciest project. The defenders of this state who need good luck defending the indefensible, not me!!

    For everybody else, don’t let the occupation fool you.

  5. Is that all you got, a bunch of quotes?? LOL you anti-Zionists are idiotic and have it all wrong!

    I dont have a Vimeo account, I use Youtube, perhaps that was someone else you are referring to…

    What occupation?? Oh you mean the one that the Palestinians are occupying and that we dont care that they occupy their own land, we have ours, they have theirs, in case you forgot there were Jews here long before the word Palestine even existed, its time to grow up and deal with it buddy!

    You know nothing about the Israel-Palestinian issue it clearly shows when you have to resort to using quotes from people who are not even alive anymore, this is not a way to ever succeed but good luck with that…

  6. “We have ours”? Who are “we”? A German, Polish, Russian, Moroccan, Yemeni, Hindi, American, Argentinean…… all are related and represent one ethnic group, meanwhile you claim there no such thing called Palestinians! Beside the Palestinians Jews most the settlers have a similar story to your PM.
    Your PM is a settler from Lithuania, Benjamin’s father, Ben-Zion Netanyahu, used to have a different name. Before Bibi’s daddy immigrated to Palestine from Lithuania, the family name was Milikovsky, and like his foreign minster a bouncer from Moldavia, and now he wants to kick the natives out of their land. I don’t know how you dare to question your own leaders talks and quotes, and disregard them meanwhile holding on to a “holy” book stories more then 2000 years old and full of baseless myths!!

    And to understand all the myths Zionists used, there is a book by Shlomo Sand called: “The Invention of the Jewish People”.

    Shlomo Sand: Challenging notions of a Jewish People

    Also check out this clip: Zionism and Herzl:The Antisemitic Side of Zionism

    Learn about your history!!

  7. Yes I realized that I am mixing between you and another blogger on Vimeo, I tried to correct my comment but I didn’t notice you already responded.
    Regarding the quotes, try to have a better answer, they expose the ideology behind your apartheid state and in simple and plain language, and they are from the architects of the “Jewish state”, but you don’t seem to appreciate the crimes they did to create a state for you in the expense of the natives Arab Palestinians!
    Now just to be sure, what do you know about these dead people beside knowing that they are not alive anymore?!!
    And what would you say about the assassination clip of the 19 year old Furkan Dogan?

  8. I deal with people like you everyday and it is hopeless and pointless discussing anything with you as you have already made up your mind and your mind is full of garbage,conspiracy theory, lies, propaganda and twisted truths….

    Who the hell cares about quotes, only you!

    We have a problem now, not in the past,the problem is NOW, get real!!

    I tell you what, if you want to practice what you preach then get the hell out of your country because your land belonged to someone else in the first place and you shouldnt be there either….well now that would be stupid and you certainly wouldnt get out so wake the hell up and deal with what we have today and not what you think happened in the past…

    If you want to get anywhere with me or with people like me, you have to be realistic, but unfortunately people like you do not know how to be realistic, this is why you support Hamas and terrorism in the first place! You will NEVER win with me or with us with that way of thinking and that attitude, we would rather die before giving you any chance of succeeding with your garbage plans to destroy us as well as your twisted view on the world and on our history…

    Your empty remarks and statements and “proof” only shows your lack of knowledge and your blindness to it all – it shows how subjective you actually are to propaganda and if you want to learn something the I suggest opening your eyes real wide…

    I refuse to continue this conversation with you, I waste too much of my time with people like you who seek war and destruction and who are ok with killing of innocent civilians, while I am not ok with any of this but unfortunately a young boy or girl or a woman or man with a bomb, gun, rocket, grenade, whatever you want, is NOT innocent, just like these 9 dumb activists who planned this attack on our soldiers, what planet are you on or what drugs do you smoke that you are so ridiculously blind or stupid to not know the difference between truly peaceful activists and these cowboys!!

    So, thanks for clearing up that it was not my account on Vimeo that you were referring to…

    I know you will have so much to say back to me but unfortunately I refuse to respond anymore to someone who does not know how to listen or learn something…

    Good luck with your life, I do hope we all find peace someday, perhaps you want the death of us, well this would show your ugly nature then and I would rather die beautiful than anything close to what you and people like you are…

  9. It is not a conversation, I am just trying to expose the racist core of your apartheid, how it started, and the way Zionists response to their own documented statements. You call it twisted history but you didn’t bring any respond to the statements and confessions of your Zionists leaders!
    The old apartheid in south Africa considered itself as “moral” and “realistic” state, and by the way it started in 1948 the same year your apartheid established!
    Lets see what Mandela said, I am sure he is also a “terrorist” who wants to “destroy” your peaceful state!

    A Letter from Nelson Mandela to Thomas Friedman:

    “You seem to be surprised to hear that there are still problems of 1948 to be solved, the most important component of which is the right to return of Palestinian refugees.

    The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not just an issue of military occupation and Israel is not a country that was established “normally” and happened to occupy another country in 1967. Palestinians are not struggling for a “state” but for freedom, liberation and equality, just like we were struggling for freedom in South Africa.

    In the last few years, and especially during the reign of the Labour Party, Israel showed that it was not even willing to return what it occupied in 1967; that settlements remain, Jerusalem would be under exclusive Israeli sovereignty, and Palestinians would not have an independent state, but would be under Israeli economic domination with Israeli control of borders, land, air, water and sea.


    Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to the rules of international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular children.” Link:

    “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” – Nelson Mandela – August 11, 1998

    And I am glad to see you talk about Hamas, it is part of the Israeli propaganda, and I was wondering how come you didn’t mention it in your previous comments. Here are more quotes, not for you they are for others to see, you already said you care about now not the past!!

    “Thanks to the Mossad, Israel’s “Institute for Intelligence and Special Tasks”, the Hamas was allowed to reinforce its presence in the occupied territories. Meanwhile, Arafat’s Fatah Movement for National Liberation as well as the Palestinian Left were subjected to the most brutal form of repression and intimidation
    Let us not forget that it was Israel, which in fact created Hamas. According to Zeev Sternell, historian at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “Israel thought that it was a smart ploy to push the Islamists against the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO)”.
    Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of the Islamist movement in Palestine, returning from Cairo in the seventies, established an Islamic charity association. Prime Minister Golda Meir, saw this as a an opportunity to counterbalance the rise of Arafat’s Fatah movement. .According to the Israeli weekly Koteret Rashit (October 1987), “The Islamic associations as well as the university had been supported and encouraged by the Israeli military authority” in charge of the (civilian) administration of the West Bank and Gaza. “They [the Islamic associations and the university] were authorized to receive money payments from abroad.” Link: Hamas is a Creation of Mossad:

    “Israel and Hamas may currently be locked in deadly combat, but, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970s, Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years. Israel ‘aided Hamas directly – the Israelis wanted to use it as a counterbalance to the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization),’ said Tony Cordesman, Middle East analyst for the Center for Strategic [and International] Studies. Israel’s support for Hamas ‘was a direct attempt to divide and dilute support for a strong, secular PLO by using a competing religious alternative,’ said a former senior CIA official.” Link: Hamas, Son of Israel

    I would like to add one more quote and this is for you:
    “It is part of morality not to be at home in one’s home.” – Edward Said

  10. This is the reason why I will not talk with you because you use words like Apartheid in comparing Israel to South Africa – it is not the same at all and once again shows how little you know about Israel and the Palestinians…

    Not even the PA calls it Apartheid because they know it is not this, only people like you do…

    I lived in Apartheid South Africa for many years and I live in Israel now and I know there is a huge difference – Israel has its own land and Gaza/West Bank have their own land – we do not stop them from doing what they do in their land, the same way that other countries do it…

    When you get over the “Apartheid” propaganda crap then come talk to me ;)

    for now you can read this and watch this –

  11. Were you a colonial settler in apartheid South Africa or an African native?;)
    Did you read Mandala’s letter, or it is an old letter?!! He said it clearly that your state is an apartheid, not only Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Tutu, Joe Slovo, … Even the architect of apartheid itself, racist Prime Minister, Hendrik Verwoerd, he stated as far back as 1963 that “Israel is an apartheid state.” Link: “Who Said Nearly 50 Years Ago that Israel was an Apartheid State?”
    Ronnie Kasrils on Israeli apartheid P1:

    Ronnie Kasrils on Israeli apartheid P2:

    Also there is a new book titled The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa.

  12. Who cares what they said – you didnt even watch the video links I sent you so why should I bother with reading what you have to say…

    Who is Nelson Mandela and Joe Slovo and Tutu to judge, they have never been here or even lived here so its easy to say things like that…

    My father helped to fight against Apartheid and succeeded, but we would never fight for Hamas as it is not Apartheid and you know it!!

    Get yourself a real education and stop listening to morons and their quotes… You are ridiculous as your claims are…

    WATCH THE VIDEOS I SENT YOU! I know you didnt!

  13. I will make myself clear with you and your followers…

    I do not support any government in the world including my own government, this has nothing to do with me supporting my governments decisions whether agreeing or disagreeing…

    I have never voted in any country that I have lived in and never will…

    I support my people, the people that I know and love, this is the only thing that I support, you cannot blame the actions of a government on the people and expect the people to suffer purely because of the governments actions but this is what you expect…

    You expect that our people must suffer, die, leave or be taken over by another religion and culture just because of our governments decisions – well I say you are more wrong than you know!

    No one expects the American people to give up their homes to give back the land to the American Indians, the land was fought for and was won, the same for any country in the world, including your own!!

    We do not expect you to give up your homes and culture so why would it be ok that we have to…

    I support the wonderful people of Israel, you support the killing of these wonderful people, this shows your character and level of understanding of the things you are doing…

    Israelis do not even hate Arabs or Palestinians but you are convinced that they do because you hate us, so therefore we must hate you, what a load of crap!

    Some Israeli do hate Arabs, most dont!
    Some Arabs hate Israelis, im sure most dont also… but I cannot speak for them, I can only speak for what I know….

    If you wish to see the destruction of Israel it means that you wish to see the killing of its people and way of life, we do not even wish that upon our worst enemy, this is how much better charactered people we are than you…

    Support your own people first before criticizing what others do! your own people are NOT Palestinians, your own people are where you come from and live and that is it!

  14. Sorry I won’t watch any videos on your blog, or any of your PR propaganda. Because, and again to remind you, I am here to expose it after knowing enough about it!! And I am going to leave it to people to judge and see where the twisted logic is located!
    Nelson mandala and Tutu are “morons”, the activists who got attacked in the international water are “9 dumb activists who planned this attack on our soldiers”, the colonial settler occupiers are the “victims” and the natives and those refugees are the “terrorists”, meanwhile you dare to mention peace between now and then. Even the most obvious ones like the assassination clip of the 19 year old Furkan, and another simple question if you were a native south African or a foreign settler there as well!!
    Your responses gives enough signs about who needs to get real education, especially after refusing to deal with well documented statements, they were from Herzl, Ben gurion, Moshe Dayan, and here I agree with you; these alongside Hendrik Verwoerd are morons, but the others, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Tutu, Joe Slovo, Ronnie Kasrils and Edward Said are not. And all these statements are their claims and their words not mine, I just brought them here.

  15. I never said that Nelson Mandela or any of them are morons, you claimed that I did…

    I respect Nelson Mandela highly, I do no respect Tutu because he is corrupt… Joe Slovo was a Jew like many who helped South Africas real Apartheid!!

    Israel is not Apartheid because you do not even know what an Apartheid is, you just know there is a wall there thats all, get real! The wall is to stop terrorism and works…

    My videos are not propaganda, they are factual informative things, your quotes from people who are not even alive today are meaningless because the government today and people today are not living in the past like you are…

    Do you think you are the first person to mention Apartheid, get over it, you are not special and are certainly not intelligent enough if you even believe this because you clearly ignore the difference between REAL Apartheid South Africa and Israel…

    Once you learn this, you will see things differently and it doesnt mean that you now support Israel just because you understand it is not Apartheid…

    Many Arabs living in Israel love Israel and know it is not Apartheid but they may not like the government and that is ok, no one has to like a government…

    The Arabs living in Israel are treated better than Arabs living in Arab countries, do yourself a favor and come here to see for yourself…

    I have been to many Arab states and they treat people very badly, but here its not like that – you are a fool for the media buddy! They make billions of $$ thanks to people like you believing their lies…

    Well I said earlier that I dont want to talk with you because you are not open minded enough to listen to someone who actually lives here versus you who lives in another country far away, so I am going to stick to that and will not be replying anymore to this waste of time discussion… because you are right, there is NO discussion going on here, only you giving me random meaningless quotes that people said 60 years ago or whatever,….

    Do you want to know why Jews are successful people?

    Because we dont live in the past like you do! We look to the future and work towards it, this is your downfall to success… we dont use useless quotes from people that are not alive today to defend what they said, we dont make up lies about history and then try convince people that its the truth, we dont drop our character to become like you in order to succeed, we WORK DAMN HARD at the things we do and we will always succeed whether you like it or not!

    Do you think that over the past 5000 years we have failed because of some threats against us? We have always succeeded and overcome and made the world a better place for you and for me and yet you sit there thinking we have the problem, you are full of hatred and jealousy is all…

    Israel and Jerusalem will always be here and will always be ours, whether you like it or not!

    Your Arab states have no power over us, they only have the power of the media and even that is failing slowly but surely, you will see what will happen if you look to the future and not to the past…

    All I have to say now is Peace! and I do hope that we can all live in Peace someday…

  16. I’ll make it simple for you, do you know about “one democratic secular state”? Lets see if you saw any statement I made was against such choice! And dose this choice work with a “Jewish state”?!! The clip of Shlomo Sand explains it to you.
    Also can you explain who is “my people”? You said it and I am wondering if you could define them?!!!
    In case you have an answer to these questions, your comment will be approved as I did so far, but more from the same fake soft spot, baseless accusations, with insults, which only says the kind of person you are, and all that come inside a package of empty logic, no thanks, there is already enough.

  17. “My people” are the Jewish and Israeli people including Jews, Christians and Muslims that are not afraid to stand for the real Israel and what it is versus the Israel you think you know…

    You do not know how to discuss something without the use of quotes, statements made by other people and things that you do not even understand in the first place…

    I have not insulted you and I do not care if I have, purely because your wish to seek the killing and destruction of OUR PEOPLE (Jews and Israelis) is far more of an insult than anything I could ever say to you… can you not handle what I have to say or how I say it…

    By the way how is the weather in Chicago this time of year?

  18. Again you repeat the same meaningless talk with more wild assumptions and it should be in the trash can, but some times showing the trash is better than throwing it away!
    Thanks for the PR, and it should be a case study or a manual for Israeli propaganda.

    See the master of your propaganda!!

    To all, don’t let the occupation fool you.
    Never again TO ALL.
    Peace, Salaam, Shalom.

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