Arab MK Jamal Zahalka (Joint Arab List) gave an interview in a Hamas magazine on Thursday, in which he attacked Israel's policies toward the Palestinian Arabs.
Zahalka accused Israel of silencing any voice which contradicts its import and export restrictions to Hamas – the terror group which has lobbed over 3,600 rockets at Israeli civilians in a one-year period alone – in comments to Hamas's Palestine magazine, the official news source for Gaza.
The MK defended MKs Basel Ghattas and Hanin Zoabi (Joint Arab List) for boarding anti-Israel flotillas as a means of protesting "suppression," and vowed that Arab MKs would continue working against the government in which they serve.
Their position on "achieving Palestinian independence and freedom" will not change, he said.
Zahalka then accused Israeli society of "racism" for various comments against Arab MKs' actions.
The way to fight this "incitement," he said, was for Arabs to unite under similar measures such as the various Arab parties did during the previous elections under the Joint List, and to strengthen connections with NGOs and other groups outside of the Knesset framework.