Israel: Court Bans Leader of Racist Far-Right Party, Overturns Ban on Arab Party

HeadlineMar 18, 2019

In Israel, the Supreme Court banned the far-right leader of the Otzma Yehudit—or “Jewish Power” party—from running in the upcoming elections, citing racist, anti-Arab comments by Michael Ben-Ari. Last month, embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu formed an alliance with the party despite it being compared to the KKK for its racist and homophobic beliefs. Meanwhile, the court ruled that candidates from the Balad-United Arab List—an alliance of Israeli Arab parties—can run, overturning a ban by Israel’s election committee earlier this month.

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