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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:13 AM
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High Court revokes ban on Arab parties from elections
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"The High Court of Justice on Wednesday revoked a government decision to exclude Israeli-Arab parties from contenting in the national elections next month.

The court issued its decision in response to a petition submitted by Arab politicians against the ban.

The Central Elections Committee (CEC) last week banned the Arab parties United Arab List-Ta'al and Balad from running in February's parliamentary elections amid accusations of racism from Arab MKs. Both parties intend to challenge the decision in the Supreme Court.

Members of the CEC conceded yesterday that the chance of the Supreme Court's upholding the ban on both parties was slim.

Arab faction delegates in the CEC walked out of the hall before the vote, shouting, "this is a fascist, racist state." As they walked out, CEC deputy chairman MK David Tal (Kadima) and the Arab delegates pushed each other and a Knesset guard had to intervene and separate them.

The CEC voted overwhelmingly in favor of the motions, accusing the country's Arab parties of incitement, supporting terrorist groups and refusing to recognize Israel's right to exist."

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1057497.html
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:14 AM
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1. good. didn't think that would stand.
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:56 AM
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2. Predictable and quite correct
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:27 AM
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3. Good news. The ban was wrong on so many grounds.
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