Monday, January 12, 2009

Israel bans Arab parties from running in upcoming election

This is the headline of a article on the Ha'aretz website reporting that the Central Elections Committee in Israel's Knesset voted to ban 2 Arab political parties from running in the upcoming Israeli general election. I was truly shocked until I heard on a news item on Israel's Channel 10 TV news explaining that the same thing happened in the last two elections in 2003 and 2006 and both times the decision was overturned by Israel's Supreme Court. I hope and expect the court to do so again, for the sake of Israeli democracy.

N.B. The decision did not include Hadash (formerly the Israeli Communist party) which is frequently perceived as an Arab party since most of its voters are Arab, but which has also 2 Jews on its list of candidates for the upcoming elections.

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