‘Little Pushtek, Toy Criminal’: The Constitution Committee discusses restrictions on demonstrations


The Knesset’s Constitution Committee convened today (Tuesday) to approve the amendments to the ‘Great Corona Law’, ahead of its presentation for final approval in the Knesset plenum in the second and third readings.

A heated confrontation in a discussion between MK Shlomo Qara of the Likud and MK Eli Avidar of Yisrael Beiteinu.

Avidar said: “The law has not yet been passed and demonstrators outside the Knesset have already been arrested, in violence and in violation of the law.”

MK Qarai valid: “I would stop you too.”

Avidar replied: “You are a member of a crime family, little Pushtek. You’re not even a toy criminal. Is it wearing a kippah? Your family is ashamed of you. ”

Later, when MK Qarai expressed reservations, Avidar responded: “Join the anarchists of Jewish power, you are an anarchist clown.”

At the request of the prime minister, Likud members withdrew their reservations, but MK Ayelet Shaked, who represents the right-wing faction, refused to withdraw their reservations. Committee members finished voting, and all reservations were removed.

Shaked valid: “The Nissenkorn-Netanyahu government links the limitation of demonstrations to a general closure and pushes tens of thousands into unemployment. Nissenkorn is unwilling to restrict demonstrations without a full closure. Netanyahu is unwilling not to restrict demonstrations. Their conclusion: close everything so that there will be no demonstrations. The connection needs to be severed. “

At the request of the Ministry of Health and with the consent of all committee members, it was clarified that it would be possible to seek medical treatment even if it was not “essential medical care” and that a person with a disability staying outside should be able to visit his parents.

The main section of the amendments to the law gives the government the power to declare a special state of emergency, in order to impose further restrictions on the public.

Restrictions proposed in the law: maintaining a distance of up to two meters in public space, prohibiting the gathering of no more than 20 people in an open space, and no more than 10 in a closed building, regulations restricting the operation of educational institutions and prohibiting their opening to students, and regulations Public to a minimal extent.

However, the regulations stipulate that the government will not declare a special state of emergency due to the corona virus until after it has been presented with the position of the Minister of Health and a professional opinion from the Ministry of Health establishing the existence of the serious health condition.

The duration of this emergency will be seven days, and it will be possible to extend it to 21 days. With the approval of the Constitution Committee, it will be possible to extend the regulations for additional periods not to exceed 14 days each.

The demonstrations stipulate in the regulations: “The government may impose a restriction on gatherings at a demonstration, prayer or religious ceremony, including a restriction on the number of people participating in a gathering that is not less than a gathering restriction set forth in this sub-paragraph, provided the restriction is essential to prevent corona virus spread. This restriction will not completely prevent a gathering in a demonstration, prayer or religious ceremony. “

Simultaneously with the heated debate in the committee, dozens of left-wing protesters protested outside the Knesset. The police detained for questioning a suspect who attacked one of the policewomen with a stick and wounded her in the lower body and in her hand.

Jerusalem municipality inspectors who took down signs hung at the site were attacked by some of the protesters by various means and sticks. Due to the protest, the Knesset area was closed to traffic.

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