Several Members of Knesset of Arabic-Muslim heritage sought to have the Otzma Le'Yisrael party disqualified from running in the upcoming Knesset elections. Otzma LeTisrael is comprised of current MKs Dr. Aryeh Elad and Dr. Michael Ben-Ari, formerly of the National Union Party. The two are known for their frequent protests and participation in pro-Israel rallies and demonstrations.
The petition for disqualification was submitted by members of the Hadash party, which incorporates MAKI - The Israeli Communist Party and other groups. MK Hanin Zoabi and other members of the Balad party also petitioned for disqualification.