Days of Palestine

Wednesday, May 31

Ben Gvir Refuses to Attend Cabinet Meeting Amid Return of Slain Palestinian’s Body

Itamar Ben Gvir, the minister of national security in Benjamin Netanyahu's new government, attends the weekly cabinet meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Jerusalem. (Atef Safadi/Pool Photo via AP)
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Itamar Ben Gvir, a staunchly extremist minister, refused to attend the regular cabinet session on Sunday, as the Israeli authorities reinstated the corpse of Sharif Hassan Rabaa.

Rabaa was killed by Israeli occupation forces in Hebron for allegedly trying to carry out a stabbing attack.

The Palestinian Authority’s Civil Affairs reported, through Palestinian media, that they had gotten the corpse and were setting up to give it to his relatives in ad-Dhahiriya to be buried.

The Israeli National Security Minister Ben Gvir and other members of his far-right Otzma Yehudit party declared they would not attend the government’s weekly cabinet session due to the repatriation of the bodies and the release of the Jordanian parliamentarian who was accused of attempting to smuggle more than 200 guns.

Ben Gvir and Netanyahu had a heated argument last week due to the Prime Minister’s decision to leave the far-right minister out of discussions on how to handle the situation between the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian Resistance in Gaza.

Otzma Yehudit declared on Wednesday that it would abstain from the Knesset votes for the day, blaming the Israeli government for its lackluster response to rockets coming from Gaza.

In reaction, the ruling Likud party told Ben Gvir that if he was not content with Netanyahu’s management of the Israeli government, he was free to leave.