Knesset to Suspend Beigin from Parliament Until April

The Israel Parliament’s House committee voted last night to suspend Menahem Beigin, leader of the Herut Party, from attending Parliamentary sessions until the Passover holiday recess which begins April 2; for his part in the demonstrations outside the Knesset last week. The committee also thanked the police for defending the Parliament building.

At last night’s session, the opposition parties united in demanding either that the government cancel Beigin’s immunity as a deputy and bring him to trial for the organization of unlawful demonstrations and the instigation of the use of arms against the state, or that he be punished only by being barred from seven plenary sessions of the Knesset.

Meanwhile, the Committee for Peace–sponsored by the Mapam and Communist Parties–has announced that it will continue to work against direct negotiations with Germany for reparations despite Parliament’s action in approving a government request for authorization to deal directly with the Germans. The leftist group described Parliament’s action as being dangerous to the country’s welfare.

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