With only 35 MKs participating, a special session was held at the Knesset in commemoration of Rehavam Ze’evi, a right-wing Israeli politician who was murdered by a terrorist 15 years ago, after an investigation by the Israeli TV show ‘Uvda’ exposed serious allegations of rape and criminal activity against him.

The Knesset session commemorating Rehavam Ze'evi

The Knesset session commemorating Rehavam Ze’evi Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

A plenary session was held at the Knesset this evening (Tuesday) in commemoration of Rehavam “Gandhi” Ze’evi, a right-wing Israeli politician who was murdered by terrorists 15 years ago. This was the first time that a session commemorating Ze’evi had been held since the Israeli investigative television show ‘Uvda’ aired a piece that exposed serious allegations against Ze’evi, according to which he had committed several counts of rape and was involved with the underworld in Israel. Only 35 Members of Knesset were present at the session, with several MKs announcing that they were boycotting the session in light of the allegations.

“The decision to hold this session was a complicated one in light of the publications hanging over him, which if he were to be confronted with, may have cast a dark shadow on his name,” Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein stated during the session. “But today we salute a man who dedicated most of his life to this nation and its defense. He personified in his character and path everything that our enemies tried and still try to sever and wage an all-out war against. Gandhi was killed because of terror that asks to instill fear in the Jewish population in Israel and across the world.”

Rehavam Ze'evi

Rehavam Ze’evi Photo credit: Flash 90 / Channel 2 News

“The things that were hurled at Gandhi recently hurt all of us, but certainly they hurt his family first and foremost, because Gandhi is not with us to protect his good name,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated during the session. “The right to reputation should be a fundamental right for everyone, alive or dead, and that is why we have to be very careful when reach a verdict ex parte.”

Meretz boycotted the session

Meretz boycotted the session Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90 / Channel 2 News

Amongst those boycotting the session were all the MKs from Meretz. Party Chairwoman Zehava Gal-On explained the decision, stating that “the difficult testimonies revealed in the ‘Uvda’ investigation demand that we ensure not only that Gandhi’s legacy not be commemorated, but also that it be forgotten and remain in its proper place – in the distant past. His crazed military ethics, unjustified killings and abuse of corpses, together with the difficult and severe testimonies of sexual violence, assaults and rape, do not allow us to take part in the commemoration of a power-crazed personality like him.”