Ayman Odeh praises court for allowing Yazbak to run in upcoming elections

The Supreme Court also overruled the disqualification of the Fair Trial Party of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassin's wife, Larissa Trembovler Amir.

MK Ayman Odeh, co-head of the Israeli-Arab Hadash-Ta'al party at a rally supporting the Supreme Court in Tel Aviv, May 25, 2019 (photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/ MAARIV)
MK Ayman Odeh, co-head of the Israeli-Arab Hadash-Ta'al party at a rally supporting the Supreme Court in Tel Aviv, May 25, 2019
(photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/ MAARIV)
Joint List head Ayman Odeh praised the Supreme Court’s ruling on Heba Yazbak, who was permitted to participate in the upcoming elections.
“The campaign of political incitement of the extreme Right crashed before the realities of the law,” Odeh said. “Anyone who supported disqualifying her should be ashamed. MK Yazbak will continue in the next Knesset fighting for peace, equality and democracy for all.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Blue and White leader Benny Gantz would be dependent on Yazbak to form a government. But Gantz said Yazbak should have been disqualified and his party would use all its tools at its disposal to prevent Yazbak from inciting to terror in the Knesset.
Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman said Yazbak and her colleagues in the Joint List should be in the parliament in Ramallah. He said his party would never cooperate with the Joint List, and he called upon Likud and Blue and White to make the same pledge.
Meretz faction head Tamar Zandberg called on the Right to accept the ruling on Yazbak and not “incite as usual against Arabs and the courts.”
But the Likud called the ruling shameful.
“The judges proved that they have stopped dealing with justice and deal only with politics, with a liberal Left agenda,” Yamina said.
The Supreme Court also overruled the disqualification of the Fair Trial party of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassin's wife, Larissa Trembovler Amir.
Labor faction chairman Itzik Shmuli, who initiatiated her disqualification in the Central Elections Committee, said he would respect the court's decision, though he criticized it.
"After [Trembovler Amir] received legal authorization to reach the starting line, we should not be surprised if at the end, we get a society that cannot tell the difference between good and evil," Shmuli said.
"I served in the IDF, I fought in Israel's war and was injured," said Otzma Yehudit MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari, who was disqualified from the early 2019 elections. "My son is currently in the Tekoa sector, being struck with stones... my eldest got released recently as a Givati fighter – and the High Court disqualified me over nothing.
"Yezbak is a supporter of terrorism, Samir Kuntar who chops off children's heads is her hero," he concluded, saying that the Supreme Court and Mandelblit are tools.
Trembovler Amir's lawyer Michael Litvak said the committee's decision to disqualify the list was completely political but a unanimous ruling of the Supreme Court joined Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit and the party registrar in declaring the party completely legal and legitimate.