Twenty Arab Party Activists Quit Israel's Labor, Taking Aim at Newly Elected Chairwoman

A former minister slams Labor leader Merav Michaeli's pick of Tel Aviv-based candidate for Arab slot on party list, deliberates teaming up with other parties

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A group of some 20 Arab Labor activists announced on Saturday they are leaving the party, with further departures expected, after criticizing Labor leader Merav Michaeli's handling of the party's Arab cohort.

They are led by former minister Raleb Majadele, who pointed to Michaeli's selection of Ibtisam Mara’ana in the seventh slot on the Labor Knesset slate in the March 23 election. “Mara’ana cannot compete for the Arab vote,” Majadele told Haaretz. “You can’t represent the Arab community when you have been sitting in Tel Aviv for 15 years.”

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