Friday, January 23, 2009

Israel: High Court Rules for Arab Parties

Published: January 21, 2009 at New York Times

Overturning a decision by the Central Elections Committee, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the two main Arab political parties, Ra’am-Ta’al and Balad, can run in the national elections on Feb. 10.

During the Israeli offensive in Gaza, the committee had voted to ban the Arab parties, amid accusations that they supported terrorism and refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

After the court ruling, Ahmed Tibi, a member of Parliament from Ra’am-Ta’al, said, “This battle is not yet complete because racism has now become the mainstream in Israel.”

A version of this article appeared in print on January 22, 2009, on page A15 of the New York edition.

Commentary: It´s impossible not to recognize the independence and the courage of the Israeli Supreme Court. This is one of the most independent and bold SC of he world, with a strong commitment with the rule of Law. Until now they have a commitment with main reason of Israel creation by the UN: the affirmation of the right to be Free and not be prosecute or be pursued by race or religion beliefs.
Ary Dib Dias

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