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Posts Tagged ‘Ethics Committee’

Despite Pressure, Ethics Committee Votes to Keep MKs Off Temple Mount

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

The Ethics Committee on Tuesday voted to uphold its decision from seven months ago, banning Knesset Members from entering the Temple Mount compound. In its November 2015 decision the committee said it had been told by senior Israel Police officials that visits by MKs to the holy site in eastern Jerusalem would significantly deteriorate the security situation throughout the country.

The Ethics Committee stated that, until further notice, visiting the Temple Mount, which is holy to both Jews and Muslims, may be considered an ethics violation that carries sanctions. It cited the ethics rule that MKs are supposed to act for the good of the country.

The Ethics Committee said it discussed the matter again on Tuesday following pleas by committee member MK Yousef Jabareen (Joint Arab List) and Jewish MKs. Jerusalem District Police Commander Major-General Yoram Halevy briefed the committee and said that for the time being Police position on the ban remains unchanged.

The committee said it was further informed that in light of the relatively calm situation, Israel Police is considering allowing Arab MKs to visit the Temple Mount towards the end of the month of Ramadan, and allowing Jewish lawmakers to visit the site as well after the Ramadan and the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

“In light of what the committee has heard, it has reached a majority decision to uphold its previous decision for the time being,” the Ethics Committee said in statement, adding that it would change the decision should the security forces decide that MKs may be allowed to visit the Temple Mount once again.

David Israel

MK Glick’s First Act Is Complaint About… You Guessed It

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

MK Yehuda Glick (Likud) on Thursday told his Facebook followers that his first act in the Knesset had been to complain to the Ethics Committee against MK Masud Ganaim (Joint Arab List) for announcing his intent to ascend to the Temple Mount despite the prime minister’s ban on politicians going up to the holy site.

“The ethics committee must deal with this case harshly, because it isn’t a complaint about a violation that has already taken place, but one in which an MK announces in advance his intent to step on the rules by which he must abide as legislator. It is inconceivable that a person would be getting a salary from the state as legislator and at the same time see himself as unbound by its rules?” MK Glick asked the committee.

Back in 2010, Masud Ganaim called for the replacement of Israel with a caliphate and stated, “I support the righteous party. The Iran-Hezbollah-Syria axis represents the line of resistance and intractability, and naturally, I support this axis.”

Speaking to Ynet, Ganaim said, “I believe there is an urgent need to return to the Islamic caliphate. I believe this is the most fitting solution to the state of weakness, deterioration and erosion the Arabs and Muslims are suffering from.” He added that he believes that an Islamic regime should be established in “Palestine or the Arab and Islamic homeland.”

As to the Jewish State, Ganaim said it would be included in the greater Islamic state. “We are not against the Jews, but against the Zionist movement and its racist ideology. We have no objection to the Jews managing their own matters themselves.”

Just not on the Temple Mount.

David Israel

MK Tibi Banned From Giving One-Minute Plenum Speeches

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

The Knesset Ethics Committee has prohibited Raam-Ta’al MK Ahmed Tibi  from delivering one-minute speeches for the next month, after he used the plenum to lambast, in Arabic, an earlier Ethics Committee decision to suspend him from the Knesset for a week.

Tibi’s spokesman responded with a complaint to Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin that the Knesset Ethics Committee is a “right-wing tribunal that oppresses Tibi because of his speeches.”

“MK Tibi will continue to give his profound and sharp speeches without fear and without hesitation,” his spokesman added.

Jewish Press Staff

Ahmad Tibi Suspended From Knesset

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

The Knesset’s Ethics Committee issued a one-week suspension to MK Ahmad Tibi because of a crude poem he read in the plenum.

Tibi was criticizing MK Anastassia Michaeli for having dumped a cup of water on MK Raleb Majadle during a contentious meeting of the Knesset’s Education, Culture and Sports Committee last week. The two were engaged in a verbal sparring match, with each one shouting at the other to “shut up!” when Michaeli poured a cupful of cold water on Majadle and stormed out of the room – a move that earned Michaeli a month’s ban from the Ethics Committee.

In coming to Majadle’s defense, Tibi composed a rhyming rebuke of Michaeli in which he suggested that Michaeli had suffered “a plumbing problem” that caused her watery outburst. Tibi, a former gynecologist, also used puns playing on the similar sounds of certain Hebrew and Arabic words to make a not-so-veiled derogatory reference to Michaeli’s mother.

Tibi, unrepentant, said the suspension was part of an anti-Arab crusade against him.

“There are no Arabs on the Ethics Committee, and its members treat me as an enemy, so the committee’s decisions are prejudiced,” he said.

The suspension, which goes into effect on Sunday, pertains only to plenum discussions; Tibi will be permitted to participate in votes.

Sam Ser

Update: MK Michaeli Suspended One Month

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Israel Beitenu MK Anastassia Michaeli has been suspended from the Knesset plenum by the Knesset’s Ethics Committee for a period of one month, in the wake of Monday’s incident where she threw water on Labor MK Ghaleb Majadle’s during a Knesset’s Education, Culture, and Sports Committee session.

This sanction is the harshest ordered by the current committee, as a typical suspension for disciplinary reasons lasts  a day or two. In comparison, Balad MK Hanin Zoabi, who participated in the Gaza flotilla, was suspended for two weeks. Nevertheless, Michaeli apologized to the Ethics Committee, saying she was “was upset and it happened in the heat of the moment. I had no intention of disrespecting the Knesset or the Knesset member personally.”

Michaeli is permitted to participate in any votes held during her suspension.

 

 

Jewish Press Staff

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