According to “The New York Times,” the Israeli Parliament passed controversial legislation on July 13, 2016. The parliament enacted the suspension or the dislodgment of its members who are accused of racial provocation, or of supporting armed struggles against Israel.
The legislation was approved by a vote of 62 to 47. After a heated debated, several members were absent during the vote. The vote requires 90 out of the parliament’s 120 lawmakers to dislodge one of its members. Lawmakers who are voted out of parliament are able to appeal to the supreme court.
This legislative vote comes two weeks after parliament approved another bill, known as the Knesset, which also stirred a stormy internal debate. It was reported by “The New York Times,” that this gained a lot of criticism from the Obama administration, as well as the European Union (EU).
Hanin Zoabi joined the Knesset and is part of an alliance of Arab political members referred to as, the Joint List which holds 13 Parliament seats. She became notable among the Israelis for backing the Turkish flotilla that was raided by Israeli commandos in 2010 when they tried to breach the naval blockade of Gaza.
The Knesset is recognized as a transparency law that forces nongovernmental organizations who collect more than half of their monies from foreign governments to reveal their donors’ identities through their advertising, publications, and meetings with public officials.
Written by Tracy Blake
Edited by Jeanette Smith
The New York Times: Israeli Parliament Passes Law Enabling Ouster of Legislators
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