Far-right MK demands leftwing activist be banned from Knesset after alleged ‘violent’ confrontation

Sam Sokol is the Times of Israel's political correspondent. He was previously a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Haaretz. He is the author of "Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews"

Following a heated debate in the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, far-right MK Limor Son Har-Melech of the Otzma Yehudit party accuses left-wing activist Moria Shlomot of physical assault and demands that she be banned permanently from the Knesset.

In a letter to Knesset speaker Amir Ohana and Knesset Sergeant-at-Arms Yuval Chen, Har-Melech (Otzma Yehudit) claims that the head of the Parents Against Child Detention NGO chased her outside the committee chamber, pushing her “violently.”

“I will request the immediate release of the videos from the security cameras at the scene so that the matter can be dealt with seriously and to make sure that the activist is permanently removed from the Knesset,” she demands.

“We left the committee and she started to act in a crazy way,” screaming at right-wing activist Shai Glick, Har-Melech claims, telling The Times of Israel that she responded by blaming left-wing activists like Shlomot for October 7.

“So she ran after me and placed a hand ahead of me and simply ran at me, and shouted so much I couldn’t get what she was saying. It was very violent. I thought she was going to hit me, she just pushed me,” the lawmaker alleges.

“She was really yelling at her in a really scary way,” Glick asserts, adding that the altercation was quickly broken up by Knesset ushers.

Shlomot, who was in the Knesset testifying against a proposed measure to allow minors under the age of 14 to be imprisoned on certain terror-related offenses, denies the allegations, stating that she gently tapped the lawmaker to “get her attention.”

“I didn’t push her. I didn’t hit her. There was no attack. It’s all garbage,” she says.

“MK Limor Son Har-Melech accused ‘people like me’ of the massacre, while she sits in the coalition that is responsible for the continuation of the war and the failure to maintain the security of the citizens of the State of Israel,” she says.

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