The Knesset's Ethics Committee decided yesterday to suspend Arab MKs Haneen
Zoabi, Basel Ghattas and Jamal Zahalka from meetings of the Knesset and its
committees. Mr. Zoabi and Mr. Ghattas have been suspended for four months, and
Mr. Zahalka for two months.
Their crime: the three Arab Joint List members dared to meet with families of
Palestinian freedom fighters who gave their lives in the battle to free their
The Arab Joint List issued a statement saying: "The vengeful punishment will
not deter us and we will continue fighting against policies of racism and
fascism, and in favour of true equality and true democracy, which Netanyahu is
trying with all of his power to destroy."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Knesset. "We will not accept a
situation in which members of Knesset support the families of the murderers of
Israeli civilians, and stand in memory of those who murdered our children.
There's a limit. There's such as thing as national respect.'' In his desperate
attempt to equate the legitimate Palestinian resistance to occupation with
Isis criminality, Netanyahu said, "I'm trying to imagine what would've
happened at the British parliament if British MPs stood in memory of Jihadist
John, or if American Congressmen stood in memory of the murderers from
California.'' Once again, I note that it is PM Netanyahu and the Israelis who
are dwelling on Palestinian land as occupiers. Netanyahu has it backwards. It
is the Jewish State and the Zionist brutality that is comparable to Jihadi
John and the Islamic State.
In an additional ploy to intimidate the Palestinian MKs; on Monday the Israeli
government proposed a bill that would allow a lawmaker to be suspended by a
90-vote majority in the 120-seat parliament. The bill, though not yet law,
provides for the suspension of anyone whose ''behaviour'' is deemed "unbecoming"
for a parliamentarian. So, the ‘Jewish democracy' is way more Jewish than
Greek. This should not be a surprise, Athens and Jerusalem are like oil and
water, they just don't mix at all.