Minority Arabs in Israel object to cameras at polling centers

Minority Arabs in Israel object to cameras at polling centersUMM AL-FAHM, Israel (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party sent monitors equipped with body cameras to a number of polling stations with Arab constituents on election day in Israel on Tuesday, and Arab politicians condemned the move as voter intimidation. Asked about the use of cameras in polling stations, Israeli police said there had been “a number of suspected irregularities” in the north, where many Israeli Arabs – who comprise 21 percent of the population – live. Netanyahu, head of the right-wing Likud party who opinion polls showed was neck-and-neck with a centrist rival, defended the filming, saying that cameras should be posted openly at voting stations everywhere to ensure “a valid vote”.



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