This is the Middle East’s “only democracy“?
The party lists for the Arab parties Balad and United Arab List-Ta’al have been disqualified from running in Israel’s upcoming elections in February, the country’s Central Elections Committee ruled Monday, following a heated meeting.
Balad was disqualified by a vote of 26 to three, with one abstention, while 21 committee members voted in favor of disqualifying the United Arab List-Ta’al, with eight members voting against and two members abstaining. The Central Elections Committee is comprised of members of all party factions.
During the meeting, MK Ahmad Tibi (UAL-Ta’al) addressed the ongoing operation in Gaza, saying, “we object to targeting civilians and you are committing genocide in Gaza. You’re murdering children.”