The extreme right-wing political party Otzma Leyisrael can run in the upcoming national election, Israel’s Central Election’s committee decided on Thursday morning, rejecting petitions by rival political parties to ban the right-wing extremist group from the ballot box.
Only three members of the committee, which is headed by Supreme Court justice Elyakim Rubinstein, supported the motion to ban the party headed by MK Michael Ben Ari, while 17 members opposed.
Last week Rubinstein issued a court injunction banning the use of Otzma Leyisrael campaign posters that feature Arabic text accompanied by the slogan, “Because without duties, there are no rights,” ruling that the placards seek to offend and humiliate the entire Arab population.
Complaints about the campaign were filed by a group of left-wing activists led by former Meretz MK Mossi Raz.
On Wednesday the committee banned Arab MK Hanin Zoabi from running for another term. The decision was made in opposition to Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein’s opinion that there weren’t sufficient grounds to disqualify any of the candidates.
The move to ban Zoabi is likely to be shot down by the Supreme Court upon appeal.
In 2009, the court overturned a Central Elections Committee decision to ban her party, Balad.