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October 30, 2014 12:22 pm

Knesset Upholds 6-Month Suspension of Arab MK Zoabi

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Arab-Israeli MK Haneen Zoabi. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Arab-Israeli MK Haneen Zoabi. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

JNS.org – The Israeli Knesset on Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected Arab MK Hanin Zoabi’s appeal of the Knesset Ethics Committee decision to bar her for from Knesset meetings and discussions for six months.

Sixty-eight Members of Knesset from coalition and opposition parties voted in favor of the ban, while only 16 MKs—from the Meretz, Hadash, Hatnuah, and Israeli Arab parties—voted against it. The six-month ban was enacted in late July following multiple complaints filed by MKs against Zoabi over her anti-Israel statements.

A recent poll commissioned by Israel Hayom from the New Wave Research Institute revealed that 85 percent of Israelis would like to see Zoabi dismissed (not just suspended) from the Knesset due to her recent remarks comparing Israeli soldiers to Islamic State terrorists.

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