Arab candidate banned from Israeli elections

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Associated Press

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 10:30 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli elections committee has voted to disqualify an Arab lawmaker from running in parliamentary elections on Jan. 22.

Giora Pordes, spokesman of the elections committee, said lawmaker Hanin Zoabi was banned, but the committee decided to allow her party and another Arab party to run.

The decision to ban Zoabi could be overturned by the Supreme Court. In the past, the court has overturned similar attempts to ban Arab candidates and parties.

Zoabi is a contentious figure in Israeli politics, siding stridently with the Palestinians in their conflict with Israel.

She participated in a pro-Palestinian flotilla that tried to break through Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip in 2010. Activists attacked Israeli soldiers who boarded the ship, and nine activists were killed.

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