Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi commented on the expected disqualification of the Balad party by the Election Committee, and said that "my problem is I'm not a terrorist. Disqualifying me is disqualifying a new generation of Palestinians."
Zoabi further added that "those who turn me and Balad to a punching bag should be persecuted. In a democracy you argue with those disagreeing with you, in the Knesset they fight and field-trial Arab Knesset members every day." (Telem Yahav)