Israeli court bars ‘racist’ candidates from September poll

Israeli attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir (right), pictured in 2016, is a candidate for the Israeli parliament, despite his right-wing stance on settlers in the West Bank. – EPA pic, August 26, 2019.

THE Supreme Court in Israel has barred two members of an extreme-right party many view as racist from running in the September 17 general election.

The court ruled that candidates Benzi Gopstein and Baruch Marzel, of the Jewish Power party could not stand, quoting a law barring “incitement to racism” by candidates, according to a court statement late yesterday.

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