Petitions against Strong Israel, Shas, UTJ rejected

December 20, 2012 17:35


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Strong Israel, Shas and United Torah Judaism will be able to run in the upcoming election, after petitions against them were voted down by the Central Election Committee on Thursday.

The disqualification requests were all based on article 7A of the Basic Law: The Knesset, which says, among other things, that a party list cannot reject Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.

Four petitions against Strong Israel, by Hadash MKs, Balad lawmakers, the Coalition Against Racism in Israel and social activist Oren Pasternak, said the party is undemocratic because it is racist.

Jerusalem Councilwoman Lauren Wharton (Meretz) and several women's organizations petitioned to disqualify haredi parties from running on grounds of being undemocratic in that they exclude women from their lists.

On Wednesday, the committee voted to ban MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) from running for the next Knesset on grounds of supporting terrorism and rejecting Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. An appeal of her disqualification will be brought to the High Court.

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