Ballot Box

Israel's Arab parties must be included individually in media reports on opinion poll results, the chairman of the Central Elections Committee, Justice Eliezer Rivlin, stated yesterday. When providing poll results Hebrew-language media outlets generally group the three Arab parties - United Arab List-Ta'al, Hadash and Balad - under the rubric "Arab parties," without detailing the numbers for each. Rivlin's directive came in response to an appeal by MK Dov Khenin (Hadash). "This is an important victory, especially for Hadash, which is trying to be a Jewish-Arab party," Khenin said yesterday. The Arab parties are usually lumped together due to the difficulty in polling Arab voters using a small representative sample as well as the fact that the results for these parties fall within the statistical margin of error. (Shahar Ilan)

Baruch Marzel's far-right party Eretz Yisrael Shelanu ("Our Land of Israel") will have musician Ariel Zilber running in "one of top four slots," the party's spokespeople said yesterday. Marzel, a prominent ultra right-wing activist, will occupy the second slot, after Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpe from Chabad's Messianic faction. Polls predict that Eretz Yisrael Shelanu will not receive enough votes to make it into the Knesset. Zilber, 65, was one of Israel's most notable musicians in the 1970s and the 1980s. He recently became religious and has been active in campaigns against territorial concessions. (Nadav Shragai)

Dozens of immigrants from Ethiopia protested outside Likud's Tel Aviv headquarters on Sunday against the party's decision to remove their compatriot, Aleli Adamsu, from the 30th slot in the party's Knesset list for the upcoming general election. The party tribunal decided on the move on Sunday because the slot is reserved for immigrants who came to Israel after 1984; Adamsu immigrated in 1983. He was replaced by Vladimir Shkalar, an immigrant from Russia. Demonstrators carried signs reading "No Ethiopians allowed" and followed Shkalar out of the building, shouting he had "stolen the spot" from Adamsu, who said he intends to fight the move in court. (Mazal Mualem)