Last summer, before and during Operation Protective Edge, Muhammed Zoabi vociferously expressed his veneration of the Jewsh state and his sadness and pain at the kidnapping and murder of three teenage boys.Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah. He even demanded their release and return in defiance of radical terrorist and genocidal regime Hamas in this video.
Muhammed eventually had to reduce his online media profile and go into hiding as threats were placed on his life. Not once did radical Knesset member and relative Hani Zoabi voice support for her cousin and defy the hate from online and offline channels. Instead she asserted the kidnappers were not terrorists. I wonder if she considers them, now, murderers?
Muhammed found solace and safety for a short while at the home of Kay Wilson a Jewish tour guide who watched her Christian friend Kristine Luken be butchered by two Muslim terrorists. They did so because they thought she was Jewish; had they known she wasn’t its doubtful that her fate would have been any different.
Kay survived because she played dead. She endures with deep physical and emotional scars from the 13 times she was stabbed with a serrated knife, wounds across her body, wounds that have scarred her soul and will remain a nightmare for life.
The duo was hiking in the hills just outside Jerusalem.
Muhammed describes himself as an Israeli Zionist Arab Muslim and eventually he needed to flee to the United States that same summer due to ever increasing physical danger.
Muhammed remains authentic and true to his word: he has since returned and enlisted in the IDF.
While it is clear Muhammed’s mother has refined cooking skills, and even if she might have been invited to the popular Israeli cooking show Master Chef due to Muhammed’s actions, visibility, and present “high profile”(so what?), here she cooks her cuisine, and sings her song of truth and pride and allegiance where often so little exists today; where often darkness reigns.
Just like Muhammed has directly confronted Peace Now protestors, explaining to them they have no clue about what is really happening here in Israel and the region, so too, Sara Zoabi told every viewer, every judge, every audience member to wake up, smile, be grateful, and be proud to live in this land:
“I believe in the right of the Jewish people to have their own country, which is the state of Israel, the holy land. I’m sure that the people who hear me will say: ‘What? Have you lost your mind? How can you say you are a Zionist?’ I want to say to all the Arabs of Israel to wake up. We live in paradise. Compared to other countries, to Arab countries. We live in paradise.”[emphasis added]
Sara and Muhammed speak and “sing” at great personal physical and emotional risk. Aside from the threats from family, former friends, organizations, terrorists, neighbors, and powerful political entities, there is estrangement. Muhammed’s father is absent. Their own family members were arrested for threats of bodily harm.
Israel has many incredible families.
Sara and Muhammed Zoabi surely are one.