Election ads that last week were ruled inappropriate by the Central Elections Committee are legitimate campaigns, the High Court of Justice decided on Tuesday, paving the way for Balad and Otzma Leyisrael to broadcast their party propaganda.
The committee had invalidated the Arab-Israeli Balad party’s advertisement in which it parodies right-wing party members who sing “Hatikva,” the national anthem, with an Arabic tune.
At the time, Central Elections Committee chairman Elyakim Rubinstein said the Arab party’s ad ridiculed the national anthem, and that insulting national icons was unacceptable in an election campaign.
Rubinstein had also ruled that the far-right Otzma Leyisrael (Power to Israel) party could not broadcast the phrase “Not an Arab country, not a country of infiltrators” in its campaign ad.
The decision by Israel’s court allows both parties, from the opposite poles of the country’s political spectrum, to run their campaigns as planned.
In a separate case, the Jewish Home party was fined NIS 10,000 for illegal campaign pictures featuring IDF soldiers.
Rubinstein said the ad violated a law banning use of the IDF “in elections propaganda in any manner or fashion that suggests the IDF is identified with any party of list.”
Rubinstein ordered the party to donate the money from the fine to the benefit of soldiers in need.
Ilan Ben Zion contributed to this report.