The Israeli parliament has suspended Aida Touma-Sliman, an Israeli-Arab woman lawmaker, after she spoke out against the war and called for peace.
Touma-Sliman said in a video on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Wednesday Nov. 15 that the Knesset’s ethics committee had banned her from Knesset meetings for two months.
Touma-Silman was suspended after she shared a post on X criticizing the Israeli military’s attack on Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza.
“And they still insist: The ‘most moral army in the world’ does not harm innocents and does not attack hospitals!,” she wrote on Nov. 11.
Touma-Sliman, who has openly spoken against the war and the hurting of civilians from both sides, said she has the right to freedom of speech to share her opinions.
“In ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’, a parliamentarian who is representing almost 20% of the citizens of Israel is not allowed to speak out,” Touma-Silman said in a video on X after her suspension.
She said that two weeks ago she protested and spoke about children from both sides being killed in the Knesset, she was told that “there is no equality, there is no symmetry between the children, and the children of Gaza brought it upon themselves”.
“So it looks like this ethics committee decided that either I speak exactly what they want me to speak, either I will be silenced,” she said.
She added that she will not be silent and will continue to fight for peace.