Israel’s SC allows Heba Yazbak to run in March polls

Israel’s SC allows Heba Yazbak to run in March polls

Israel’s SC allows Heba Yazbak to run in March polls
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Israel´s Supreme Court on Sunday overturned a decision by the country´s elections body to disqualify an Arab lawmaker, Heba Yazbak from running in March elections.

The central elections committee in January invalidated the candidacy of Heba Yazbak, a member of the Arab Joint List.

Yazbak is a member of the Arab nationalist group Balad and has been in the Knesset since last April´s polls.

However, Heba faced accusations she supported “terrorists”.

A petition alleged she supported armed struggle against Israel and had praised a group that killed Israelis.

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“There was no ´critical mass´ of formal evidence to justify disqualifying her,” said the supreme court, which took into account “remorse” expressed by Yazbak.

Members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´s Likud party had joined forces with the nationalist Yisrael Beitenu in the petition to disqualify Yazbak.

Israel top court allows Heba Yazbak to run in polls

The two parties seek the disqualification of parties which challenge the Jewish character of Israel or which support armed opposition to the Jewish state.

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“Those who want Heba in the opposition and not in government must vote only for Likud,” the Likud party wrote on Twitter.

Israel´s top court barred two members of the extreme-right party Jewish Power from running in the September 2019 elections over “incitement to racism.”

The March 2 polls Israel´s third in less than a year, after national polls in April and September failed to yield a governing coalition.

Netanyahu’s right wing Likud party deadlocked with centrist Benny Gantz´s Blue and White party in both the 2019 elections.

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