Several members of Knesset are being suspended from the plenum for respective periods of time for ethics violations during Knesset meetings and sessions.

Oren Hazan at the Knesset

Oren Hazan at the Knesset Phot Credit: Hillel Maeir/TPS

The Knesset Ethics Committee has removed several MKs for violations of ethics in the Knesset. Of them, MK Oren Hazan (Likud) is expected to be removed from the Knesset plenum for six months due to several complaints about inappropriate and unprofessional behavior. Six-months is the maximum barring period that can be imposed on a Knesset member.

MKs Mossi Raz (Meretz), Michal Biran and Stav Shafir (Zionist Camp) received week suspensions, effective Sunday. Raz was barred for calling MK Yoav Kisch a “terrorist.” Biran was suspended for calling Hazan a “pimp” and refusing to apologize.

Shafir was barred for calling MK Miki Zohar (Likud) “corrupt” and also refusing to apologize. The committee stated that Shafir’s actions cause damage to the Knesset and its integrity, not just to Zohar. Shafir was further cited for having called several MKs “corrupt” on numerous occasions.

As complaints against Hazan have been ongoing for several months, the committee’s decision comes after an incident during US Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Knesset. At the beginning of Pence’s speech, several Joint Arab List MKs protested the Vice President’s visit and speech by picketing in the plenum. After the speech, Hazan and MK Jamal Zahalka (Joint Arab List) engaged in a verbal altercation in which Hazan told him, “We [Israelis] will remove you [Palestinians] from here.”