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Likud MK Oren Hazan is expected to receive unprecedented punishment from the Knesset Ethics Committee after calling the imbalanced Meretz MK Ilan Gilon "human environment" when Gilon was talking about the podium in the Knesset plenary.
Hazan interjected Gilon, who then called him "golem," which is an anthropomorphic being without a brain. Hazan then repeatedly called Gilon a semi-human.
Hazan then issued what he called an apology, saying that his curse of Gilon "was only about his beastly behavior and not about anything else" as his disability. He said he would apologize to those who mistakenly understood him differently.
As evidence that his insult to Gilon was not geared to his disability, Hazan noted that he had used the same insult before to describe physically capable MKs. He said he sees all human beings as equals.
The MKs rushed to file a complaint against Hazan to the Knesset Ethics Committee, which in the past distanced him from the plenary for six months. MKs are currently seeking a nine-month sanction as well as stake a portion of their salary.
The Zionist Union said that it should be suspended indefinitely. Meretz said that Hazan's behavior was indicative of how far his Likud party had fallen.
This was not the first time that Hazan had insulted a disabled MK. In November 2015, MK Karin Elharar (Yesh Atid), who suffers from muscular dystrophy, was having trouble and asked for help from Meretz MK Esawi Frej, who was sitting next to her.
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Hazan started yelling at Frej that he voted twice, Elharar started to cry, and many lawmakers, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, approached her and comforted her. Netanyahu later rebuked Hazan.
But that was not enough for Hazan. Days later, during another vote, Hazan shouted to Elharar, "Do you need Esawi to help you?" The Knesset Ethics Committee suspended Hazan for a month in response to his behavior.
Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.
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