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He was targeted for being Muslim in Israel's Knesset. Racist discrimination is institutionalized. Zuabi was vilified before. She's threatened again now.

BenAri wants her imprisoned. He scuffled with her physically. He shames democratic governance. So do dozens of other likeminded MKs.

In late December, they reacted before the High Court's Sunday decision. Clashes erupted. They included verbal and physical confrontations.

They occurred after Israel's High Court heard a petition against prohibiting Zuabi from seeking reelection in January.

Over two dozen MK hardliners physically blocked her from leaving. They pushed and scuffled with her entourage. They yelled insults.

"You disgusting terrorist, go to Syria," they shouted. "We'll send you to Gaddafi." It was a thinly veiled threat to kill her. "Go to Gaza," they added.

Scuffling continued until Court guard personnel intervened. They protected Zuabi. She escorted her to safety.

On December 30, High Court justices ruled . Unanimously they overturned efforts to disqualify Zuabi. She's free to seek reelection.

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Many Supreme Court decisions violate fundamental international rule of law principles. Sunday they ruled responsibly.

Likud MK Yariv Levine condemned them. "Unless Zuabi blows herself up in the Knesset, (they) won't understand that she has no place there," he said.

Other lunatic fringe MKs express similar views. They reflect deplorable Israeli governance. It's hardline, racist, anti-democratic, destructive, institutionalized, and embarrassing.

It mocks legitimacy. Dominant hardliners are rogue legislators. They represent despotism, not democracy. They hold supreme power. They'll likely keep it in January elections. Israelis aren't wise enough to replace them.

In response to Israel's CEC ruling, Zuabi said:

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"The decision is a result of political vindictiveness and a pathetic attempt to harm the representative of the Arab public."

She's convinced that "the struggle for full equality is the only way to achieve democracy."

Israel's CEC "blatantly ignored the attorney general's unequivocal opinion that there is no legal basis for the disqualification." 

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