"Instead of holding a public debate, they wish to silence me, and with me a whole demographic. We will not cooperate with such silencing."
"Attempts to disqualify me are an attack on everybody who is against the occupation."
Balad party chairman Jamal Zahalka called CEC's decision "neither lawful nor democratic, but is part of the extreme right's election campaign."
It's a "harsh blow to the entire Arab public." They're 20% of Israel's population. They're denied equal rights. They're vilified for not being Jewish. They're considered a fifth column threat.
Anti-democratic CEC members want Arabs excluded from Knesset membership. They want Jewish exclusivity.
"We unequivocally support Zuabi and all her activities," Zahalka added. "We repeat and emphasize that if the High Court of Justice does not overturn this decision," Balad won't stand in January elections.
"Moreover, we call for revocation of the committee's authority to disqualify politicians, inasmuch as it has long since become an undemocratic political tool."
Ahead of the Supreme Court's ruling, Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein opposed petitioning against Zuabi's right to serve.
He claimed "no sufficient, exceptional critical mass of evidence" to disqualify her candidacy. He stopped short of calling efforts to do so lawless and racist.
Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel General Director, Hassan Jabareen , represented Zuabi. He said prior High Court disqualification rejections "show (they're) meant to foster delegitimization of Arab elected officials."
He added that disqualifying her for "armed conflict" has no basis in fact. She acted legitimately and lawfully. No criminal charges followed her Mavi Marmara participation.
Likud/Yisrael Beiteinu coalition members expressed "upset over the High Court's decision."
They said in light of how justices ruled, it's "clear that the existing law needs to change, and sharply declare that any expression of support for terror should be a disqualifier for running for election in the Israeli Knesset."
"Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu will immediately act during the next Knesset to fix the existing laws."