Knesset reprimands but doesn’t punish MK for taking part in Gaza flotilla

MK Bassel Ghattas (Joint List) behaved unethically by participating in a flotilla meant to break the military blockade of Gaza, the Knesset Ethics Committee determined Wednesday.

Ghattas, who sailed towards Gaza on the Mariane with activists last month before the boat was peacefully redirected to Ashdod by the IDF, was severely reprimanded and did not receive further punishment, because this was his first ethics offense.

Following complaints against Ghattas by Immigration Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin, Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev, and Knesset House Committee chairman David Bitan, the committee did not accept Ghattas’ response that participating in the flotilla is the same as any other demonstration and falls under MKs’ broad, protected right to free speech.


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