Anti-Israel Arab MK Set to be Disqualified from Running
Kadima on Tuesday informed the Knesset Election Committee that it would vote to remove MK Hanןn Zםabi from the Balad candidate list for the upcoming Knesset elections. The proposal by MK Ofir Akunis (Likud) to de-list Zםabi is now set to pass, Committee officials said. If and when it does, Balad will be informed that Zoabi may not run, and if she remains on the list, Balad will lose her seat to another party.
In response, Zםabi and MK Jamal Zahalka, also of Balad, said that they would boycott Wednesday's proceedings. “We will not take part in a process where politicians are just looking to enhance their reputations on the backs of Arab MKs,” Zahalka said in a statement.
Akunis filed the request to disqualify Zoabi several weeks ago, saying that she did not support the existence of the state as a Jewish and democratic entity, and that she supported the armed struggle of the Arabs against the existence of Israel, providing moral and other support for terrorists and terror groups. Zoabi denies the charges.
MK Yuval Zelner, a Kadima MK who is a member of the Committee, said that “although State Attorney Yehuda Weinstein recommended that Zoabi not be disqualified, we have come to the decision that there is a very good reason to disqualify her, because of her opposition to Israel's defining itself as a Jewish and democratic state, and what is essentially her support of terrorism.”
Kadima has six votes on the Committee, and together with the 7 votes from the Likud, 4 of Yisrael Beiteinu, 3 of Shas, and 1 from the Bayit Yehudi party, Zoabi's disqualification is set to pass handily.
If it does, the matter will automatically be referred to the High Court, which will make a final ruling on the matter. The High Court has overturned such decisions in the past.