MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) 311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
The Knesset Ethics Committee suspended MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) from the plenum
for one day on Tuesday, as punishment for pushing a Knesset usher.
July, during a speech by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Zoabi was asked to
leave the plenum because she was interrupting, and shoved the usher that escorted her.
Haneen Zoabi suspended from Knesset over Gaza flotilla
Although the Knesset House Committee discussed the
situation that week, and Zoabi apologized to the usher, MK Danny Danon (Likud)
sent a complaint to the Ethics Committee.
“I already expressed regret and
clarified that I did not intend to hurt anyone,” Zoabi wrote in her response to
the committee, adding that the issue is “behind us” and that Danon’s complaint
shows “a need for political revenge.”
The Ethics Committee decided to
suspend Zoabi from the Knesset plenum for one day – this Wednesday – but will
allow her to vote on bills.
The committee also said any MKs asked to
leave the plenum should do so on their own, in order to avoid a physical
conflict with ushers.
Following the decision, Zoabi pointed out that
Danon complained to the Ethics Committee four months after the incident, shortly
after her participation in the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in South Africa,
which is meant to support Palestinians’ rights and investigate whether Israel is
considered an apartheid state under international law.
“This proves that
[the complaint] is political revenge and part of the incessant attempts to
undermine and disrupt my parliamentary activities,” she said.
that right-wing MKs are “bullies” who are trying to silence and punish anyone
who defies what they think is legitimate.
Later Tuesday, in a speech to
the plenum, Danon said the punishment for “the hero of the [Gaza flotilla ship]
Marmara, who was on the same ship as the terrorists,” was not harsh enough, and
sends a message to MKs that violence against Knesset workers is not that bad.