JERUSALEM (JTA) – Oleg Hazan, parliamentarian of the Likud Party, is in a fire to call a half-man parliamentarian with disabilities, during a debate in the Knesset.
Ilan Gilon, from the Liberal opposition Meretz Party, criticized Culture Minister Miri Regev during a heated debate Monday on a bill that would prevent state funding for cultural organizations lacking "loyalty" to the state. Hazan jumped to Regev's defense, and lawmakers exchanged words.
After Gilon called Hazan "The Golem of Prague," an anthropomorphic creature made of clay and life, Hazan threatened the disabled legislator, saying, "If you were not half a man, I would answer you."
Gilon had polio as a child and frequently uses a wheelchair.
Hazan apologized later for comfort, saying he did not make a blow to the invalidity of the lawmaker.
"My comments referred to his barbaric behavior, and not to anything else." If my statements were otherwise understood, it was not my intention, please accept my apologies, "Hazan said.