Israel mulls bill to ban Arab MKs, harsher measures

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation will discuss proposed amendments to the Knesset laws to terminate the parliamentary membership of any deputy who expresses support for armed action against Israel.

Israel mulls bill to ban Arab MKs, harsher measures

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An Israeli government committee is to consider a bill that aims to strip any lawmaker from their Knesset seat if they showed support for armed action against Israel, Israeli media reported.

Israel's Channel 10 said that the Ministerial Committee for Legislation will discuss on Sunday proposed amendments to the Knesset laws to terminate the parliamentary membership of any deputy who expresses support for armed action against Israel.

According to the report, the bill, tabled by MK David Rotem of the Yisrael Beytenu party, is expected to target Arab MK Hanin Zoabi who has allegedly made remarks supportive of the armed Palestinian action against Israel.

In July, Zoabi was suspended from the Knesset for six months against the background of statements she made about the kidnapping of three Israeli settlers who went missing on a southern occupied West Bank settlement in June.  

The Knesset's Ethics Committee decided to suspend Zoabi telling Israel Radio that the kidnappers of the settlers were not "terrorists." The trio were found dead later after a few days.

Zoabi also participated in the Freedom Flotilla aboard the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, which in 2010 had attempted to break the years-long Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces intercepted the flotilla, however, and killed nine Turkish activists aboard.

Netanyahu vows harsher measures

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, meanwhile, said Sunday that his government will not tolerate "riots" in Israeli cities, following clashes in northern Israel between Arab residents and Israeli police after the killing of an Arab man.

"We will take determined action against those who throw stones, firebombs and fireworks, and block roads, and against demonstrations that call for our destruction," Netanyahu said during a cabinet meeting.

”Whoever violates the law will be punished severely."

He added that Israeli forces will no longer tolerate demonstrations "in the heart" of Israel in which protesters raise flags of Palestinian Hamas resistance movement or the ISIL militant group.

"I have instructed the Interior Minister to use all means, including evaluating the possibility of revoking the citizenship of those who call for the destruction of the state of Israel," Netanyahu said.

Northern Israeli Kafr Kanna town has seen violent confrontations over the past hours between Israeli police and Arab residents angered by the killing of an Arab man by Israeli police after he allegedly tried to attack Israeli policemen with a knife.

On Saturday, some 2,500 angered Arab protestors demonstrated in Kafr Kanna to protest the man's killing, according to figures by the Israeli police.

Protesters waved Palestinian flags, pictures of Al-Aqsa Mosque and photos of Khair al-Din Hemdan, who was killed by Israeli police after standing in the way of a police car that came to Kafr Kanna to arrest another Arab resident of the town.

Arabs, mostly Palestinians, who live within Israel and hold the Israeli nationality comprise nearly 21 percent of Israel's population of 8 million, according to a 2013 report by Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics.

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