Balad – Far-left Arab party disqualified from running in upcoming elections

Netanyahu welcomes development, saying ‘those who support terror’ shouldn’t be in Knesset; banned party Ra’am-Balad denounces ‘racist’ decision

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The Central Elections Committee decided on Wednesday evening to accept the petition of the Likud and Otzma Yehudit parties and disqualified members of the Balad party from running for the 21st Knesset.

17 of the committee members voted in favor of disqualifying Balad and 10 voted against. Representatives of the Blue and White party joined the right-wing parties and voted in favor of disqualifying the party.

“Everyone knows Hanin Zoabi’s actions, but contrary to claims that as soon as she left Balad the party changed its face, the new chairman Mtanes Shehadeh was photographed with a terrorist who threw a grenade in Haifa, praised MK Azmi Bishara who spied for Hezbollah and called him a hero and declared that the Balad party sent him greetings,” Ben Gvir said.

The Supreme Court will have final say on both decisions, which flew in the face of a recommendation by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit.

Israel’s national elections are scheduled for April 9.

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