Jerusalem, Israel’s Supreme Court has allowed an Arab lawmaker to run in the upcoming general elections, after overturning a parliamentary committee’s decision to disqualify her over allegedly supporting “terrorists”.
On Sunday, a nine-justice panel ruled that Heba Yazbak, a lawmaker with Balad, a national Palestinian party that calls for full rights for Israel’s Arab citizens, could stand contest in the March 2 polls, reports Xinhua news agency.
The ruling said there was “little evidence” that Yazbak supported terrorism.
The judges referred to two posts on Yazbak’s Facebook account, one of which was about Samir Kuntar, a Lebanese convicted of perpetrating an attack in northern Israel in 1979 which killed five Israelis, was “a shahid”, or martyr in Arabic.
The justices also noted that Yazbak “express regret” over the posts...