85 MKs sign onto impeaching Hadash MK who backs trial against Israel at Hague

Hadash MK Ofer Cassif at a Knesset Arrangements Committee meeting on June 21, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Hadash MK Ofer Cassif at a Knesset Arrangements Committee meeting on June 21, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

85 members of the Knesset have signed a document calling for impeachment proceedings against Hadash-Ta’al MK Ofer Cassif, who signed a petition in favor of South Africa’s motion accusing Israel of genocide before the International Court of Justice.

The effort to impeach Cassif was started by Yisrael Beytenu MK Oded Forer on Monday, who called the lawmaker’s public endorsement of South Africa’s motion against Israel “treasonous.”

Since Forer started the petition, MKs from both the coalition and opposition have signed onto it, including several from war cabinet Minister Benny Gantz’s National Unity Party and Opposition Leader Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid.

Once 70 signatures are collected on such a petition, the matter moves to the Knesset House Committee, and if the motion makes it to the Knesset floor, 90 votes are needed to expel the MK in question.

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