Meretz MK rebuked for comparing Likud MKs to Nazis

The Knesset Ethics Committee reprimands Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg for shouting at Likud MKs that they were 'friends with Nazis.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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The Knesset Ethics Committee, headed by MK Yitzhak Vaknin, decided Tuesday to reprimand MK Tamar Zandberg of the far-left Meretz party.

The decision was made following complaints filed against Zandberg by Likud MKs Amir Ohana, Oren Hazan, Sharen Haskel and Nurit Koren, as well as complaints from various citizens after an outburst by Zandberg against her fellow MKs.

During a meeting of the Knesset Interior and Environment Committee on the subject of the government's policy on illegal infiltrators, Zandberg shouted at the Likud MKs that they were "friends with Nazis."

The Ethics Committee decided by a majority opinion that Zandberg's statement "crosses the boundaries of the legitimate freedom of expression of MKs." The minority opinion stated that while Zandberg's statement was "unacceptable," in light of the context and the clarifications by Zandberg it viewed the statement as a political expression and not as a personal insult.

The committee reprimanded Zandberg but did not pursue further disciplinary action as it was the the MK's first offense.