Knesset Ethics C'tee punishes Zoabi for abusing usher

July 18, 2011 10:23


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The Knesset Ethics Committee on Monday voted to prohibit MK Haneen Zoabi from all Knesset activities other than voting for a period of two months after a complaint was lodged against her last week for attacking a Knesset employee escorting her out of the Knesset plenum.

The incident occurred during a Kadima-initiated Knesset session on “the Netanyahu government’s failures.” The prime minister, who is required by law to give a response to a Knesset discussion with 40 or more signatures, referenced Zoabi while speaking about the Anti-Boycott Law. Zoabi then began to shout at Netanyahu and was forcibly removed from the plenum. She allegedly kicked and pushed a Knesset usher who was removing her from the room.

Knesset Director-General Dan Landau instructed Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin to submit the complaint to Knesset Ethics Committee chairman MK Yitzhak Vaknin. "Attacking any Knesset employee, especially an usher while she is fulfilling her duties, is an unprecedentedly severe offense, which requires the attention of the Ethics Committee," Rivlin wrote in the complaint.

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