The Knesset Elections Committee on Wednesday voted to disqualify the candidacy of Ofer Ksif, the Jewish candidate of the mostly-Arab Hadash Party.
The vote was 15 to 10, with 3 abstentions.
Kasif has earned the enmity of many Knesset members with a number of inflammatory statements, which crossed all lines of civility.
Kasif called Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked “neo-Nazi scum,” former Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman “a son of Adolf” and called Jews who visit Har Habayis “cancer.”
Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party, which petitioned for Kasif’s disqualification, said: “We prevented the next Haneen Zoabi from entering Knesset.” Zoabi, who recently announced her decision not to run in the April elections, has been branded a terrorist for her various statements defending Palestinian murderers and kidnappers, while attacking the state of Israel for allegedly oppressive policies.