Attorney General Opposed to Disqualifying Marzel and Zoabi


marzAttorney General Yehuda Weinstein feels that it is too drastic a measure to disqualify candidates running for Knesset. He was speaking specifically about Yachad candidate Baruch Marzel and Arab MK Hanin Zoabi. The two were banned from running by the Central Election Committee, have since appealed to the Supreme Court, and await the court’s ruling.

The Supreme Court is compelled to approve the disqualifying of a candidate as in these two cases. In the last election for 19th Knesset over 2 years ago, Zoabi was disqualified by the committee but that ruling was overturned by the Supreme Court.

Mazel has run in the past but was never disqualified. He was not viewed as having a realistic chance of getting a Knesset seat. Supporters explain that this time around the committee realizes he is likely to get a Knesset seat and that is why this time around his candidacy is being challenged.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. The Israeli Supreme Court allowed both to run. It looks really bad to ban candidates just because you don’t like what they are saying, and most Israelis don’t like looking bad.

    Of course, if Bnei Torah ran Eretz Yisrael, after Meshiach comes, we will probably want to ban Labor and Likud among others for denying the existence of Ha-Shem – but at that point looking bad in the eyes of the western democracies won’t matter.