Citing journalist Shirin Abu, the Israeli lawmaker has resigned from the ruling coalition

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Tel Aviv – A Palestinian Israeli lawmaker announced his resignation from the Israeli ruling coalition on Thursday, citing government support for Jewish right-wing groups and the recent assassination of a prominent Palestinian American journalist.

Lawmaker Gaida Rinaui Zawabi, the second Knesset member to step down from Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s ruling coalition in the past two months, has raised the possibility of new elections as the government struggles to retain power amid Israeli-Palestinian violence.

The surprise resignation of the lawmaker has upset Israel’s ruling coalition

Rinaui Joabi’s resignation left the Knesset with 59 seats and the opposition with 61 seats. This means that the government can at least continue working until 2023. Although it is not clear if he wants to join the opposition in a vote. Break the government

In a letter To Bennett, Rinaui Joaby, a member of the left-wing Meretz party, said he could not “support a coalition that is harassing” his community.

“Last month, the month of Ramadan was unbearable,” he wrote on Twitter, referring to clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians during the Islamic holy month of April. “The sight of violent police in front of a crowd of worshipers coming from Temple Mount, the funeral of Palestinian journalist Shirin Abu Akleh, brought me to a personal conclusion: no more.”

On Wednesday, Israeli Public Security Minister Omer Barlev said he would allow the Jerusalem flag parade to take place this month and enter the Muslim quarters in the Old City of Jerusalem through the Damascus Gate. In recent years, large groups of extremists have been seen waving Israeli flags at parades and chanting anti-Arab slogans, bypassing Palestinian spectators and businessmen. Last May, the parade coincided with the start of the 11-day war in the Gaza Strip.

On May 11, Abu Akleh, a veteran journalist working for Al Jazeera, was killed while covering an Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin. Eyewitnesses, his network and the Palestinian Authority say he was shot by an Israeli soldier. The Israeli military says it is investigating but has not determined who fired the shots.

On Thursday, the army’s crime division said it would not investigate the shooting, saying there was no suspicion of “crime” in Abu Akleh’s shooting.

The Israeli government, formed by a group of ideologically diverse parties united to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last June, has been struggling to stay in power since the resignation of a senior lawmaker in April. Edith Silman’s surprise announcement came from Bennett’s own right-wing Yamina party, when the government was sharply criticized during a wave of Palestinian attacks that began in late March. Silman’s resignation created a cascade of defections around other right-wing politicians in the coalition who criticized Bennett’s compromise with left-wing parties.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

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