Arab-led Joint List Calls for Unity in Face of 'Ugly Wave of Racism'

‘Jews and Arabs must stand together’ says MK Dov Khenin of the Hadash faction.

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Members of the Joint List called for Jewish-Arab unity at campaign launch even in Nazareth on Saturday.

The Joint List ticket combines Hadash and the Arab parties in the current Knesset: Balad and the United Arab List-Ta’al.

“Jews and Arabs must stand together against the ugly wave of hatred and racism,” MK Dov Khenin of the Hadash faction said at the event.

“Anyone who has eyes to see and ears to hear and a heart to feel what happened here last summer should stand by us,” Khenin said. “Every person with a conscience in this country should ask himself at this time: Does he stand with the forces of war and hatred and death, or with the forces of justice and equality and peace and life. There will be no peace here and no life here until we free ourselves of the occupation, because a nation that subjugates another nation cannot be free. Peace will only come with a solution of independence and justice for both nations in this land."

Khenin also said the slate was “delivering a message of equality" for all Israeli citizens.

Meanwhile, Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al) attacked Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s recent statements about the party. “Lieberman said that the aim of the list is to destroy Israel and we say to him: We are not involved in that because you are doing it very well. We are involved in building the individual, and destroying the occupation and racism.

“You [Lieberman] gambled that we would not unite and we overcame [inter-party] competitiveness in order to send a message of a united, strong minority. When we will be 15 MKs in a large faction and opposite us will sit representatives of the right they will be embarrassed their blood pressure will rise and the Knesset doctor will work overtime.”

Tibi also called on young Israeli Arabs not to join Islamic State. “This group warps Islam. What its people have done and are doing harms Islam more than Western Islamophobia does. Stay with us. We want you here alive in order to build an open and strong society, and not to die for a group that commits crimes.”

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