JERUSALEM (JTA) – Likud's legislator, Oren Hazan, is about to call a disabled "human being" legislator during a Knesset debate.
Ilan Gilon, of the liberal opposition, Meretz Party, criticized the Minister of Culture, Miri Regev, during an intense debate on Monday on a bill that would reject state funding for cultural organizations that demonstrate inadequate "loyalty" to the State. Hazan jumped to the defense of Regev and the legislators exchanged words.
After Gilon called Hazan "the Golem de Praga" – an anthropomorphic being made of clay and life-given Hazan threatened the disabled legislator by saying: "If it were not half human, I would respond."
Gilon had polio when he was a child and frequently used a wheelchair.
After that, Hazan apologized to the madman, saying he was not taking a jab in the legislator's disability.
"My comments refered to their barbarian behavior and not to anything else. If my statements were understood otherwise, it was not my intention. Accept my apology," said Hazan.