Terrorist Aide Drops Out of J'lem Council Race

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JERUSALEM, Israel - An Arab Israeli woman, convicted of complicity in a 2002 terror attack in Jerusalem, dropped her bid for a seat on a city council.

Tagrid Saadi, a member of the Hadash party, sought a place on the Sakhnin City Council.

Saadi withdrew her application after the Movement for Quality Government (MQG) petitioned the High Court of Justice to nullify her bid because of her role in a terror attack on Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open air market.

Six Israelis died in the attack.

Saadi submitted a false affidavit to the Municipal Elections Committee, affirming her eligibility in the campaign.

Because the Municipal Elections Committee discovered the false affidavit too late to order Hadash to redo its list, the State considered postponing the elections to await the ruling voidng her application.

"Postponing the Sakhnin elections would do more harm than the possible election of a woman whose candidacy would be made irrelevant," said attorney Gilad Sherman, who represented the State.

While Saadi initially contested MQG's petition, claiming she could not be disqualified once her candidacy was approved, she decided to withdraw after all.

Saadi, who served a six-year jail sentence for the terror attack, was released in early 2008.

Source: YNet news

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