Knesset officials decided on Sunday to no longer permit participants addressing parliamentary committees on Zoom to share screens, after an anti-vaccination activist speaking to the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee showed pornographic photos in an act of protest and revenge.
Constitution, Law and Justice Committee chairman Gilad Kariv (Labor), a Reform rabbi, decided to stop the Zoom broadcast immediately. The Knesset Guard and computer department were immediately informed of the incident.
A spokeswoman for the committee said the pornography that was on the Zoom was not shown on the committee’s broadcasts online and on television.
The MKs on the committee were discussing extensive new legislation for fighting the coronavirus when the incident occurred.
Kariv said vaccination opponents were given a fair opportunity to speak their minds and had no reason to protest further with the pornography and emailing mass amounts of spam to MKs.
“It is unfortunate that in recent days they escalated their protests to the point that they distributed harmful pictures,” he said. “Some opposition MKs will support the law because they were sent violent messages. We will finish legislating the law regardless of the trolling.”