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Hanin Zoabi Photo: Uria Tadmor
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AG: Not enough evidence to disqualify Zoabi

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein says there isn't enough proof to warrant banning Arab MK from elections

Aviel Magnezi
Published: 12.18.12, 00:53 / Israel News

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has asserted that there is insufficient evidence against Knesset member Hanin Zoabi to warrant her disqualification from the upcoming national elections.

 

The Justice Ministry on Monday release Weinstein's official legal response to several petitions to ban the Arab MK and Arab parties from the electoral process.

 

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"While the significant evidence that has been amassed in her case approaches the limit of what is acceptable, there isn't enough proof to disqualify her," Weinstein wrote.


זועבי בבית המשפט העליון. "אין די ראיות לפסילתה" (צילום: אוריה תדמור)

Hanin Zoabi (Photo: Uriya Tadmor)

 

The petitioners accused Zoabi of ceaselessly seeking to undermine the State of Israel and incite against its government and army. They further argued that with her actions, including her participation in the Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010, Zoabi denied Israel's Jewish nature, thus forfeiting her candidacy.

 

Addressing the petitions to bar Balad and United Arab List-Ta'al from contending in the elections, Weinstein wrote that some of the evidence he reviewed indicate that the parties came "disconcertingly close" to denying Israel's Jewish nature and to supporting the "armed battle of a terror group." He nevertheless said that the evidence against the two parties is insufficient to disqualify them.

 

The attorney general also dismissed a petition to exclude Shas and United Torah Judaism from the elections, citing insufficient evidence to support the claim that the parties strive to deny Israel's nature as a democratic state.

 

 

 

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