The Knesset's Ethics Committee decided Tuesday to suspend MK Anastassia Michaeli (Yisrael Beiteinu)
from the Knesset plenum and all committees for a period of one month following Monday's incident where she threw water in
MK Ghaleb Majadele's face during a Knesset's Education, Culture and Sports Committee meeting.
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin and
faction filed a formal grievance against Michaeli with the Ethics Committee immediately after the incident.
Yisrael Beiteinu chided Michaeli for her actions, saying that "no circumstances justify this kind of behavior: "Yisrael Beiteinu requires its members, and all members of the house… to avoid all unparliamentarily behavior," the faction said in a statement.
Michaeli apologized to the Ethics Committee for the incident, describing her actions as something that happened "in the heat of the moment": "I would like to apologize for throwing water at MK Majadele. I was upset and it happened in the heat of the moment. I had no intention of disrespecting the Knesset or the Knesset member personally.
"Naturally, this kind of behavior does not belong in the Knesset – or anywhere else," she wrote in a letter.
The sanctions imposed on Michaeli are considered the harshest ordered by the current committee, which is often criticized for being toothless.
She would still be allowed to participate in any House votes held during her suspension.
MK Majadele said Tuesday that he was exploring his legal options in the matter, adding that he may choose to file and official assault complaint against Michaeli with the police.
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