Zahalka: Balad will boycott election if Zoabi disqualified

Balad leader Jamal Zahalka on Wednesday said that his faction would boycott the upcoming election if MK Haneen Zoabi was disqualified from running.
The Central Elections Committee was set on Wednesday to review 12 requests to bar parties and individuals from running for the 19th Knesset, including six petitions against Balad.
Ophir Akunis (Likud) also submitted signatures from 13 Central Elections Committee members to call a vote to disqualify Balad MK Zoabi.
In response, Zahalka said that Balad MKs are "tired of being a punching bag for crazy right-wing Knesset members."
"Our problem is not that we are terrorists," he said, "but rather that we are democrats in an environment that does not believe in democracy."