Israeli lawmaker resigns over ‘harassment’ of Palestinians, plunging government into parliamentary minority


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View of the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, in Jerusalem, on August 13,2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi

(CNN) Israel’s fragile government lost its parliamentary majority on Thursday after an Arab-Israeli lawmaker resigned from the ruling coalition, accusing its leaders of fueling tensions between Israelis and Palestinians and condemning the violent intervention of police at the funeral of slain journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi, a lawmaker of the left-wing Meretz party, said she opposed what she called the government’s rightward shift and accused it of “disgracefully harassing the society I come from.”

Her resignation means Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has the support of just 59 of the 120 members of the Knesset and now leads a minority government — potentially pointing to yet another round of elections in the country after years of political instability.

Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi accused Bennett’s government of “harassing the society I come from.”

“In recent months, out of narrow political considerations the leaders of the coalition have chosen to preserve and strengthen its right-wing flank,” Rinawie Zoabi wrote in her unexpected resignation letter Thursday. “The last month, the month of Ramadan, has been unbearably difficult,” she added.

“The scenes from the Temple Mount of violent policemen confronting a crowd of worshipers, and the funeral of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, led me to only one valuable conclusion: no more,” Rinawie Zoabi wrote. “I cannot continue to support the existence of a coalition that disgracefully harasses the society I came from.”

The Temple Mount is the holy site in Jerusalem’s Old City known in Arabic as the Haram al-Sharif or Noble Sanctuary, containing the Al Aqsa mosque.

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  1. Israeli lawmaker Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi from the left-wing Meretz party – a part of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s governing coalition – delivered her long-awaited response to her shock resignation that could potentially send Israel into a fifth election in three years.

    Rinawie Zoabi, who spoke on Channel 12, said “there is no way back” from her move, which caught even her party head in surprise and heralded a fresh political crisis.

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