In a blow to the Labor leadership race of MK Amir Peretz, the party's internal court decided Tuesday to expel 823 new Labor members who did not take proper steps to leave Likud before joining Labor. The 823 members submitted a document with their registration form saying that by joining Labor, they no longer saw themselves as part of their former party.
But the court ruled that just like people getting married needed a proper divorce, joining a new party requires properly leaving their old party. The internal court met at the request of Peretz's rival, MK Shelly Yacimovich, and it will convene again soon to decide the fate of more than 4000 additional former members of other parties whom she also wants expelled.
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