Israel's Central Election Committee on Monday voted overwhelmingly in favor of disqualifying two Israeli-Arab political parties from running in the upcoming parliamentary election because they oppose the existence of the Jewish state.
Jewish Knesset members have been calling for the Balad Party to be removed from the Knesset ever since its former chairman, Azmi Bishara, went on the run after being indicted for aiding Lebanon's Hizballah terrorist militia during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.
Bishara stands accused of passing intelligence to Hizballah that aided the terror group in targeting military bases and civilian communities across northern Israel.
The second party named in the motion is the Ra'am Ta'al Party, headed by former Yasser Arafat aide Ahmad Tibi.
Tibi has made a career out of viciously opposing Israel's rights to its ancient homeland, to self-defense and to define itself as "the Jewish state."
The committee has passed such decisions against the two parties in the past, only to have them overturned by Israel's leftist Supreme Court. Monday's decision was expected to be similarly overturned prior to the February 10 election.
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