December 10, 2023

The Knesset’s Ethics Committee imposed sanctions on Ra’am MK Iman Khatib-Yassin and Hadash-Ta’al MK Aida Touma-Sliman for their comments and social media posts related to Hamas’s October 7 attack and the subsequent war. Khatib-Yassin was suspended for a month without pay for her statements denying the events of October 7. She apologized to the Ethics Committee and admitted her comment was against her morals. However, the committee viewed her denial as a severe ethical violation and decided to sanction her with suspension from Knesset and plenum meetings for a month without pay for two weeks. Touma-Sliman was sanctioned for sharing accusations against the IDF on Twitter and also received a two-month suspension without pay for two weeks. Both MKs expressed their dissatisfaction with the sanctions, with Touma-Sliman stating that the committee’s decision was meant to silence any criticism that is not in line with the majority opinion. National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir called the sanctions a joke and demanded their expulsion from the Knesset.