Court accepts Strong Israel-Balad campaign petition

High Court accepts far-right, Arab battle against Central Elections Committee's decision to ban part of parties' campaign broadcasts.

January 15, 2013 19:11
1 minute read.
Eldad and Ben Ari introduce Strong Israel party

Eldad and Ben Ari introduce Strong Israel party 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/ The Jerusalem Post)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


The High Court of Justice on Tuesday accepted a petition filed by Strong Israel and Balad over a Central Elections Committee decision to ban certain parts of each parties’ election campaign broadcasts.

The court reversed the decision of Central Elections Committee chairman Justice Elyakim Rubinstein and granted permission for all aspects of the parties’ campaigns to be broadcast.

Ophir Bar-Zohar, spokeswoman of nonprofit Palestinian-run legal center Adalah, said it “praises the High Court for accepting all of the claims of the Balad party, according to which the purpose of the broadcast was to voice criticism in a satirical manner on the attempt to legislate an obligation on Arab citizens to declare loyalty to the national anthem.”

Click for full JPost coverage

She added that the High Court’s decision “clarified unequivocally that the broadcast was covered by freedom of speech” principles and could not be limited or banned.

Strong Israel responded to the ruling, saying the decision to “block their broadcast had caused them injustice” and that the court’s ruling reaffirmed their right to raise questions about the balance of rights and obligations in the Israeli Arab sector.

In reversing the committee’s decision, Supreme Court President Justice Asher D.

Grunis said the balance of the considerations, including the fact that Balad’s broadcast had already been uploaded and played a vast number of times on the Internet and used in foreign media all over the world.

He added that, “it may be time to reevaluate the law in light of the changing unforeseen realities,” referring to the fact that current election law may not fully ancitipate the impact and speed with which broadcasts can be shared and go viral online.

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN

Cookie Settings