Joint Arab List MK Ahmad Tibi reprimanded

Ethics Committee reprimands Tibi for visiting Temple Mount without police coordination and against Prime Minister's instructions.

Mordechai Sones,

Tibi on Temple Mount
Tibi on Temple Mount
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The Knesset Ethics Committee decided on Tuesday to reprimand MK Dr. Ahmad Tibi (Joint List) for visiting the Temple Mount.without required police coordination and against the instructions of the Prime Minister several months ago.

The complaint to the Ethics Committee against Tibi was submitted by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, following the request of senior police officers.

Tibi was documented ascending the Mount last July as he entered the Al Aqsa Mosque during the violent events on the Temple Mount that began after a terrorist shooting attack in which two Israeli Druze policemen were murdered.

"Tibi's ascent to the Temple Mount did not take place during a calm, tranquil period and was not done in a private and discreet manner," Erdan wrote in his complaint to the Committee, "but clearly and openly, out of obvious defiance in a sensitive and stormy period. He endangered public safety and security, and was liable to incite and goad others to commit violent acts in response."

Erdan also claimed in the complaint that "Tibi's actions should be attributed special severity in light of the fact that they were carried out at the height of the tension, and a few days after a reminder to uphold the prohibition was sent by the Knesset Speaker " Erdan ended his letter asking to convene the ethics committee with a request that they impose sanctions "appropriate to the severity of Tibi's actions."