Jewish Hadash Party Candidate Disqualified from Running for Knesset

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Dr. Ofer Kasif (Hadas Parush/Flash90, File)

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.