MK Oren Hazan joined on Wednesday the list of several MKs who have been suspended from the Knesset plenum by the Ethics Committee. Hazan received the maximum suspension in addition to a withholding of a week’s salary. The decision comes after the committee received several complaints about Hazan’s behavior.

MK Oren Hazan

MK Oren Hazan Photo Credit: Hillel Maeir/TPS

Likud MK Oren Hazan was barred from the Knesset plenum for six months, which is the longest barring period an MK can receive. The Ethics Committee of the Knesset released its decision Wednesday morning. Hazan’s paycheck is also to withhold a week’s pay. This is the first time a punishment so severe has been imposed on an MK.

The decision comes one day after several other MKs including Michal Biran, Stav Shafir, Mossi Raz were barred by the committee for a week for inappropriate behavior. The committee has stated that this behavior should not be tolerated as it may cause damage to the Knesset and the integrity it strives to maintain.

The committee had received several complaints regarding Hazan for his unprofessional and disrespectful behavior towards other MKs and within Knesset. Hazan has been involved in several altercations in which he shouted inappropriate remarks directed at other MKs in the Knesset.

Hazan was removed from the Knesset plenum this morning for shouting at Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein. Hazan had called on him to take back his remarks against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Hazan and Biran were involved in an altercation in November in which Biran ended up calling Hazan a “pimp.” Hazan also was involved in a shouting match with MK Jamal Zahalka after US Vice President Mike Pence’s speech in the Knesset.