MK Oren Hazan
MK Oren Hazan Hadas Parush / Flash 90

MK Oren Hazan (Likud) has been suspended from participating in Knesset plenary sessions and Knesset committee meetings for a period of one month. 

The Knesset Ethics Committee made the decision on Wednesday to sanction Hazan following a series of complaints from other MKs against the freshman parliamentarian. 

The most recent controversy surrounding the MK came last week after Hazan was accused of once again mocking disabled MK Karin Elharar of Yesh Atid during a Knesset vote. 

In an interview broadcast on Channel 2 last Friday, Hazan claimed he had suffered severe abuse as a result of the incident. 

"Serious insults were hurled at me, including death threats," he asserted. "Elharar called me 'garbage' and told me 'to die.' I sat there, offended but I didn't insult [her back]. I didn't respond to her."

"I really feel hurt and it's very painful - there can't be a situation where every time I say the truth and throw things in the face, [people] choose to insult me on a personal level." 

"The story here was the double vote," Hazan stressed. "If I hurt her in any way, I apologize."

It is hardly the first scandal that has embroiled Hazan since becoming a Knesset member in March; he has also been accused of providing Israeli tourists with drugs and prostitutes while owner of a casino in Bulgaria, and likewise faced charges of sexual assault and assault.  

Hazan has denied all allegations against him. 

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