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Cairo - Arab League Urges On Israeli Arabs To Vote

Published on: January 22, 2013 07:31 AM
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A Druze woman casts her ballot for the parliamentary election at a polling station in the northern Druze-Arab village of Maghar January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar AwadA Druze woman casts her ballot for the parliamentary election at a polling station in the northern Druze-Arab village of Maghar January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Cairo - A senior Arab League official has called on Israel’s Arab minority to go out and vote in the Jewish state’s parliamentary election, arguing that doing so will foil “racist” plans to force them to leave their homes.

Mohammed Sobeih, who is the pan-Arab organization’s assistant secretary general, claims that Tuesday’s election will be dominated by the extremist right that he says speaks openly of forcing Arab Israelis to pack up and leave.

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His call is unusual for the Cairo-based league, which rarely addresses itself to Arab citizens of Israel. Himself a Palestinian, Sobeih said his Monday call was motivated by fears that underrepresentation of Arabs - about 20 percent of the Israel’s population - would allow parliament to adopt “racist” legislation but still look democratic to the world.

 

 


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 Jan 22, 2013 at 07:51 AM Gush Katif Says:

And it's not racist to force Jews to leave their homes?

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 Jan 22, 2013 at 07:56 AM yaakov doe Says:

He should have said that they should take the opportunity to vote becauise Israel is one of the very few places where Arabs can vote in an honest election and actuallyhave a role in a democracy.

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