An Arab terrorist who was recently released from prison was awarded a certificate of recognition by the Balad party last month. The photo, which was recently published by Israeli reporter Ishay Fridman showed Matnas Shahada, the Secretary General of the Balad party giving a certificate of recognition to recently released terrorist Zahar Ali. Ali, who hails from the Galilee village of Kokhav Al Hija was sentenced to 16  years in Israel for establishing contact with the Hamas terror organization with the intention of executing a suicide bombing in Israel. Balad is one of the Arab parties that comprises the Joint Arab List who now boasts 15 out of 120 Knesset seats.

Citing the hypocrisy of disqualifying politicians like Michael Ben Ari and Bentzi Gopstein from running in the Knesset, social media personality Ayelet Lash responded to the image saying: “Michael Ben Ari – disqualified from running. Bentzi Gopstein – disqualified from running. Islamo-Nazi terrorists – a monthly salary from your pocket. A pathetic government with no sanity. Pack up Balad and send them to the border with determination.”