Court overrules poll Israeli ban on Arab parties

Muslim and Christian Arabs make up about 20 percent of Israel's 7.4 million population in the occupied territory.

Court overrules poll Israeli ban on Arab parties
Israel's top court overruled on Wednesday a parliamentary panel which had barred two Arab parties from running in next month's election.

The Central Elections Committee voted to disqualify the Balad and Raam-Taal parties on Jan. 12.

Saying the ban was undemocratic and racist, Arab lawmakers appealed to the High Court of Justice, which found in their favour.

The court did not immediately publish details on its ruling.

Muslim and Christian Arabs make up about 20 percent of Israel's 7.4 million population in the occupied territory. There are 10 Arab lawmakers in the 120-seat parliament.

The election will be held on Feb. 10.

Reuters
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