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Ben Gvir appeals to disqualify all Arabs running for Knesset

Ben-Gvir cited several statements by the different candidates which he claims indicate that they all sympathize with various terrorist organizations.

Itamar Ben Gvir, head of the Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Strength) party holds a press conference in Jerusalem on March 01, 2020. (photo credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)
Itamar Ben Gvir, head of the Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Strength) party holds a press conference in Jerusalem on March 01, 2020.
(photo credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)
Chairman of the Kahanist Otzma Yehudit Party, Att. Itamar Ben-Gvir, appealed to the Central Elections Committee to disqualify the entire Joint List, Mansour Abbas' Ra'am Party, and the number 7 Labor candidate, filmmaker Ibtisam Mara'ana-Menuhin.
Among the justifications for the disqualifications, Ben-Gvir cited several statements by the different candidates which he claims indicate that they all sympathize with various terrorist organizations.
Ben-Gvir said the evidence he presented was new and has not yet been examined by the Election Commission or the Supreme Court in the past. 
For example, Ben-Gvir mentions Joint List Chairman Ayman Odeh's participation in a terrorist organization conference with Hamas and Fatah. In addition, Odeh's statement regarding terrorists who threw stones at IDF soldiers was presented. In the statement, the stone-throwers are described as "the conscience of the Palestinian people."
Additional pieces of evidence will also be examined by the Knesset's Central Election Committee, and later in the Supreme Court. 
"Tonight, we submitted a critical mass of evidence to the Election Committee that unequivocally proves the support of my fellow members and Mansour Abbas for terrorism and the denial of the state's Jewish identity," said Ben-Gvir. "It is time for justice to be served, and it is time for terrorist supporters to be thrown out of the Knesset." 
In relation to Mara'ana-Menuhin, Ben-Gvir added: "Yitzhak Rabin turns over in his grave when he sees what is left of the Labor Party: In a party that encouraged settlement and Hebrew labor, there is currently a candidate who mocks Holocaust survivors and is proud of the disrespecting the siren on Memorial Day. It's a disgrace." 
While none of the candidates in Ben-Gvir's claims have ever been reported to have ties to terrorist organizations, Ben-Gvir himself was convicted of supporting a terrorist organization and incitement to racial violence in 2007. 
His running mate and the Head of the Religious Zionists Party, Bezalel Smotrich, has been accused by former Shin Bet head Itzhak Ilan of attempting an act to blow up cars in 2005.


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