Is­raeli court bars two na­tion­al­ists from elec­tions

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JERUSALEM — Is­rael’s Supreme Court has barred two ac­tivists from a hard-line, na­tion­al­ist party from run­ning in up­com­ing elec­tions.

The court barred Benzi Gop­stein, leader of an ex­trem­ist anti-as­sim­i­la­tion group, and Baruch Marzel, a prom­i­nent po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist. The court said both men in­cite racism against Arabs.

The ac­tivists are part of the Jewish Power list, a fac­tion com­prised of hard-line re­li­gious na­tion­al­ists who have cast them­selves as suc­ces­sors to the banned Ka­hanist move­ment, which dreamed of turn­ing Is­rael into a Jewish theoc­racy and ad­vo­cated forced re­moval of Pales­tini­ans.

In its de­ci­sion Sun­day, the court stopped short of ban­ning the en­tire list.

Is­rael is hold­ing an un­prece­dented re­peat elec­tion next month af­ter par­lia­ment was dis­solved.

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