Elections 2009 / Far-right National Union: We'll Station Poll Observers in Arab Towns

Arabs warn that the presence of Baruch Marzel and other rightist activists would trigger a response.

The National Union announced Monday that placing far-rightist Baruch Marzel as a ballot box supervisor in the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm was only the first step, and that the faction plans to deploy a number of monitors in voting stations throughout Arab towns and villages.

Arab leaders have warned that the presence of Marzel and other rightist activists would trigger a response.

"We in the National Union plan to be at many voting stations in the Arab sector and to prevent the large-scale forgery that the state has ignored for many years," the party said on Monday.

One of Marzel's allies, Dr. Michael Ben Ari, is fourth on the National Union slate of candidates.

By law, every party is permitted to field 40 representatives at voting stations around the country.

The National Union, which is comprised of four separate factions - Hatikva, Tekuma, Moledet, and Eretz Yisrael Shelanu ("Our Land of Israel") - received approval to dispatch 160 deputies. Marzel's faction - Eretz Yisrael Shelanu - decided to place Marzel at the Umm al-Fahm ballot box.

Party activists also plan on supervising voting booths in other Arab towns, including Kafr Kassem, Taibeh, Tira, Fureidis, Sakhnin, and Shfaram.