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Israel's AG Must Order an Inquiry Into Likud Cameras Placed in Arab Polling Stations

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16.04.2019

This past Election Day, yet another red line was crossed as part of the anti-democratic effort to exclude Arab citizens from the Knesset, when the ruling Likud party brought roughly 1,200 cameras and recording devices into polling stations in Arab towns. The goal, according to the organizers – one of whom formerly headed the settlers’ Samaria Residents Council – was “to supervise the integrity of the election” in the Arab community.

The discovery of the cameras, which occurred when the voting was already in full swing, led to uproars and clashes at the polling stations. According to members of the Hadash-Ta’al party, it even infringed on the secrecy of the democratic process and made many voters afraid to vote. The police initially confiscated the cameras, but later returned them due to a decision by the chairman of the Central Elections Committee, Justice Hanan Melcer, who sought to........

© Haaretz