Thursday, July 14, 2011

MK Zoabi gets ejected from Knesset, pushes guard (video)

Fun times in the Knesset yesterday! From Arutz-7:
MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) flew into an uncontrollable rage Wednesday during a Knesset speech by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu was answering Opposition members regarding a bill that regulates housing issues.

He noted that many leading members of Kadima had signed on to the original law before the party reversed itself on this issue. He also said that he expected Opposition parties to protest regarding other issues – such as the participation by MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) in the violent Gaza flotilla in 2010.

The remark threw Zoabi into a rage. While most of what she said was not sufficiently clear for the microphones to pick up, she was visibly distraught and pushed a Knesset guard who was escorting her out (2:27 on video).

She approached a microphone and said to the Prime Minister: “Stand me against a wall and have the soldiers from the flotilla shoot me!”

YNet notes:
The Knesset's employee committee sent a letter of complaint to Knesset Director-General Dan Landau demanding that MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) apologize for her behavior Wednesday. Zoabi had clashed with a security guard during the prime minister's plenum speech, which she disrupted.

The employees' committee representing the security guard says that it will consider countermeasures against Zoabi if she does not apologize.
An Arabic site has a different version of the video.

(h/t Israel Muse)