Balad MK Haneen Zoabi said on Wednesday that the Election Committee's decision to bar her from running for Knesset is a "pathetic attempt" to hurt the Arab public's representation.
"A black flag of illegitimacy waves over this decision. This is the majority's tyranny and the trampling of basic democratic rights," Zoabi said.
"I remain convinced the struggle for full equality is the only possible way for a democracy," she added.
Balad party leader Jamal Zahalka said following the decision that the party would not run in the upcoming election if the High Court does not overrule the Election Committee's decision to disqualify Zoabi.
The decision is not a legal or a democratic act, Zahlka said, but rather a part of the extreme Right's election campaign.