MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu) has filed a request to ban the Balad party from the upcoming election. Rotem filed his request as Balad was filing their Knesset ticket line-up.
"The time has come for the Election Committee and the High Court of Justice to finally draw a red line and get rid of this hostile minority," he said, calling the Arab list a "politically acquired immunodeficiency threatening the Israeli democracy." The Balad list is headed by MK Jamal Zahalka, followed by MK Hanin Zoabi. (Telem Yahav)