Elections Committee Disqualifies Israeli Arab Labor Candidate

Jonathan Lis
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Israel's Central Election Committee voted on Wednesday to disqualify Ibtisam Mara’ana, number 7 on the Labor slate, for comments she made on social media.

The request was filed by the far-right, Kahanist Otzma Yehudit party, which claimed that Mara’ana "called for destruction of the State of Israel by returning the Jewish people to European countries where they faced genocide, when she said 'I would destroy [the Israeli city] of Zichron Yaakov … so you'd return to the U.S. or to Poland.'" Mara’ana's comments were made in 2008 in an interview to a local paper, as part of a sentence that began with the words "If I were to invoke an apocalyptic scenario."

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