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      Archive: 12/12/2012

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        12/12/2012, Kislev 28, 5773

      Four Requests to Ban Balad

      Four requests have been submitted for a ban on the extremist Balad Knesset faction. MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beyteinu), MK Danny Danon (Likud), the Otzma L’Yisrael party and private citizen Itai Forman have all called to bar the party from Knesset, arguing that it violates stated rules that parties must not oppose Israel as a “Jewish and democratic” state.

      In addition, MK Ofir Akunis and the Likud movement have asked to bar MK Hanin Zoabi, who joined an attempt to violate Israel’s naval blockade of Hamas and met with senior Hamas terrorists. They have gathered the needed signatures to hold a hearing on their petition, and may have majority support in the Central Election Committee.