Earlier today One of the Palestinian candidates was barred from running in the upcoming election. Hanin Zoabi was barred for doing what she was mandated to do in the last election, provide a voice for the voiceless in Israel.
The move to ban her came after a petition was submitted to the Central Election Committee by fascist candidate Baruch Marzel. By mid afternoon, he too was barred from running. Both sides of the House, the Right and the ‘Left’ expressed support for the decisions, both fearing that votes would be ‘stolen’ by Zoabi’s candidacy as well as that of Marzel’s.
In the previous election Zoabi was also barred from running but the decision was reversed by the Attorney General and the Supreme Court. Hopefully this action will be repeated leaving Marzel out in the cold where he belongs, before going to the depths of a very hot hell.
HaAretz reported the following regarding these decisions ….
Israel Election Updates / Israeli Arab MK Zoabi, rightist Baruch Marzel disqualified from Knesset run
32 days to go: Despite AG’s declaration, Herzog and Livni to support petitions to disqualify Balad MK Haneen Zoabi.
Latest political summary: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that he will not decide on participating in a pre-election debate with other candidates until after he returns from his trip to the U.S.; Israel’s attorney general declares there is no reason to disqualify MK Haneen Zoabi from running for Knesset.
3:42 P.M. Elections committee disqualifies far-right activist Baruch Marzel from election
Central Elections Committee disqualifies candidacy of rightist Baruch Marzel. The decision will be appealed to High Court.
In response to efforts to end his candidacy, Marzel wrote on Facebook early Thursday that despite opposition of “Arab MKs, friends of the enemy, and their leftist partners,” he “will be in the next Knesset.” (Haaretz)
1:10 P.M. Elections committee disqualifies MK Haneen Zoabi from election
The Central Elections Committee accepted petitions filed by Yisrael Beiteinu and Likud party to disqualify Israeli Arab MK Haneen Zoabi from running for a seat in the next Knesset.
Salim Joubran, who heads the CEC and is the only Arab justice on the panel, condemned committee votes such as this one that are likely to be overturned by the supreme court. “This respects neither the committee, nor the supreme court,” he said.
Israel’s attorney-general earlier advised against disqualifying Zoabi. Although some of her statements were radical and “worrying,” there was insufficient proof that she supported an armed struggle against Israel – grounds for disqualification under Israeli law.
The committee will rule later Thursday on a petition to disqualify rightist Baruch Marzel from running as well. (Jonathan Lis)
11:00 A.M. Zoabi speaks at elections committee hearing to disqualify her candidacy
“Lieberman and Levin use partial quotes to say that I support armed struggle, but they’ve never been able to use any quotes from me to show that I support armed struggle. I’ve been quoted as supporting popular struggle, which I do. Popular struggle as well as international pressure are legitimate methods,” said Zoabi.
“I connect violence to occupation. The occupation is the source of the cycle of blood,” said Zoabi. (Jonathan Lis)
9:30 A.M Zionist Union decides to support bid to disqualify Zoabi
Zionist Union leaders Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni have decided, ultimately, to support the bid to disqualify Balad MK Haneen Zoabi’s candidacy for the Knesset in the upcoming elections. Their decision was made despite Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein’s statement against the disqualification bid.
The petitions to disqualify Zoabi are expected to receive majority support within the Central Elections Committee on Thursday, even without support from the Zionist Union. The Supreme Court, however, is likely to overturn any decision to disqualify Zoabi.
The Zionist Union will also support the disqualification of the extreme right-winger Baruch Marzel. In response to efforts to end his candidacy, Marzel wrote on Facebook that despite opposition of “Arab MKs, friends of the enemy, and their leftist partners,” he “will be in the next Knesset.” (Jonathan Lis)