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High Court hearing appeal against disqualification of Balad from elections

Supreme Court Chief Justice Ester Hayut (C) and fellow justices arrive for a hearing on the Central Elections Committee decision to disqualify Balad from running in the upcoming Knesset election, October 6, 2022. (Jonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Supreme Court Chief Justice Ester Hayut (C) and fellow justices arrive for a hearing on the Central Elections Committee decision to disqualify Balad from running in the upcoming Knesset election, October 6, 2022. (Jonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The High Court of Justice is hearing an appeal from the Arab nationalist party Balad to overturn an election vetting panel’s decision to disqualify it from the upcoming Knesset election.

The High Court appeal was filed with the assistance of the Adalah human rights organization, after the Central Elections Committee voted Thursday to bar the party from running, accepting a petition claiming the party’s platform negated the existence of the State of Israel.

Balad and several of its lawmakers have been disqualified by past elections panels, and have so far won every appeal to the Supreme Court to be reinstated.

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