(JNS.org) The Israeli Knesset’s Ethics Committee on Tuesday decided to bar Arab MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) from all plenum sessions and committee meetings for the next six months, following multiple complaints filed against her by MKs over her anti-Israel statements, Israel Hayom reported.
A six-month suspension is the harshest sanction the committee can impose on MKs, and Zoabi is the first MK to be subjected to long of a suspension.
Zoabi came under fire recently for saying that the abductors of murdered Israelis teens Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali Frenkel were “not terrorists,” and for accusing the Israeli government and military of committing war crimes in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge. Her statements urging the Palestinian Authority to cease all security cooperation with Israel and encouraging a Palestinian uprising “seek to directly compromise Israel’s national security,” the Ethics Committee said.
“Given the severity of MK Zoabi’s statements, we find that imposing the harshest sanction at the committee’s disposal is warranted,” the committee said.