MK Hanin Zoabi
Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin on Thursday filed a complaint with the Knesset's Ethics Committee against MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) following her disorderly behavior Wednesday.
Zoabi had clashed with a Knesset usher during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plenum speech, which she disrupted, and refused to leave the hall at Rivlin's request.
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Zoabi had to be forcibly removed from the plenum hall by several ushers, and her behavior towards them was violent enough to prompt the Knesset's employees' committee, which represents the House's security guard and ushers, to demand an official apology for what it defined as "the assault of one of the ushers."
The Knesset's employee committee filed an official complaint with Knesset Director-General Dan Landau demanding that Zoabi apologize for her behavior.
Unruly? MK Zoabi (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)
The committee said that unless the unruly MK apologizes, they will consider taking further action against her.
"During the Knesset plenum, a (female) Knesset usher was called to remove MK Zoabi from the hall, as per the Knesset speaker's orders. Unfortunately, this usher was physically assaulted by the Knesset member," Haim Iyobi, head of the Knesset's employee committee, wrote.
"When I watched the footage of the incident, which was aired by every news channel, I was stunned… Unless (Zoabi) is willing to make a public apology, we will consider suspending all services to her."
Thursday afternoon saw Zoabi extend an apology for her skirmish with the usher: "I didn't mean to push her, I just wanted to get out of her grasp because I was on my way out," Zoabi said.
She did, however, criticize Rivlin for filing a complaint against her: "He is taking part in the incitement against those who deviate from the consensus," she said.
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