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Tel Aviv-The right-wing deputies at the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) had assaulted Arab depute Hanin Zuabi, following her statements regarding the Israel and Turkey reconciliation agreement. Consequently, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inquired possibility of expelling Zuabi from the Knesset.

In media and on social network websites, Zuabi was also attacked and even received death threats.

On Wednesday evening, the Israeli Parliament convened to discuss the Israel-Turkey reconciliation agreement amidst complaints of deputies and some ministers who accused the government of undervaluing the parliament through restricting discussions to the Israeli security cabinet.

Yet, complaints were upstaged by the fight that started between Zuabi and the right-wing deputies as she delivered her speech.

Zuabi said that she was on the deck of Marmara Ship in May 2010 when it was attacked by an Israeli armed unit, hurdling its way along with other six ships that had Gaza as their destination to raise the siege. Zuabi described those Israeli soldiers as killers and demanded an apology and a siege raise.

At the end of the session, President Hamad Ammar asked Zuabi to apologize for describing Israeli soldiers as killers but she refused to.

Depute Michael Aron said that democracy is based on independency which relies on political loyalty. Without loyalty, democracy is not possible, he added. Aron criticized Zuabi who delivered such a speech when she is still getting paid from the Knesset.