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Head of Knesset defense panel suspends aide who met with extremist cleric

Yesh Atid MK Ram Ben Barak says he has suspended his aide Linir Abu Hazaz after she took photos with former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine Ekrima Sa’id Sabri, who has expressed support for suicide bombings.

Ben Barak, a former deputy head of Mossad who serves as the head of the Knesset’s powerful Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, is currently abroad. In a tweet, he says he will probe the matter thoroughly and make decisions when he returns.

According to her Facebook page, Abu Hazaz apparently took the photos as part of a course she was taking for Al Aqsa Mosque tour guides.

Ram Ben-Barak, leads a Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee meeting, at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on July 5, 2021 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

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