The Female Spring: How Arab Women Change the Face of Israel's Local Elections

A women’s umbrella group predicts a 150-percent increase in the number of Arab women on local councils after the October 22 vote.

If you ask an Arab citizen of Israel what characterizes the election campaign in Arab municipalities, the typical answer is "violence, tribalism and lots of mud-slinging and hate-mongering that repeat every five years." This can explain the absence of young people, intellectuals and successful people in general as candidates in the local elections. That’s doubly true for women.