(August 21, 2019 / JNS) Members of the Likud and Otzma Yehudit parties submitted a petition to the High Court of Justice on Tuesday requesting that the Joint Arab List be barred from running in the upcoming elections on Sept. 17.
They presented evidence that members of the Joint List have supported terrorism and have called for releasing terrorist prisoners. Therefore, the petition argues that the Joint List should be disqualified for incitement, support for a terrorist organization and the denial of Israel’s existence as a Jewish state.
The High Court is unlikely to grant the motion, having in the past rejected such petitions.
The Joint List is made up of the Communist Hadash, the Arab nationalist Balad, Ahmad Tibi’s Ta’al and the southern branch of the Islamic Movement’s Ra’am.
The court is also planning to consider on Thursday whether or not to ban Otzma Yehudit candidates Baruch Marzel and Bentzi Gopstein from running in the election.
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