A right-wing Israeli legislator ridicules a wheelchair colleague as "half human" – forward


JERUSALEM (JTA) – Likud Party's lawyer, Oren Hazan, is under fire that during a debate in the Knesset he called for a disabled colleague lawyer "half human".

Ilan Gilon from the liberal opposition party Meretz criticized the minister of culture Miri Regev during a heated debate on Monday about a law that would hinder state funding for cultural organizations showing insufficient "loyalty" to the state. Hazan jumped up to defend Regev and the legislators exchanged words.

After Gilon called Hazan "Golem Prague" – an anthropomorphic creature of clay and life – Hazan threatened the disabled lawgiver by saying, "If you were not half human, I would have answered you."

Gilon had polio as a child and often uses a wheelchair.

Hazan later apologized for mockery, saying that he had not killed himself against the legislator's disability.

"My comments referred to his barbarous behavior, not to anything else." If my statements were understood differently, it was not my intention, please accept my apologies, "Hazan said.


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