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Israel: Arab residents comment on upcoming Knesset elections

1 16.09.2019 Инфо

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SOT, Ayman Kharroub, Arab resident of Israel (Arabic): "Yes, I will vote tomorrow and I work on encouraging the Arab community to vote."
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SOT, Ayman Kharroub, Arab resident of Israel (Arabic): "We are in need of a strong force to change the status quo. We continuously face policies of racist discrimination which includes the destruction of houses, the division of Al-Aqsa Mosque and racism against the Arabic community, and that must change, and therefore we need a force of more than 15 members who would represent us in the next Knesset."
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SOT, Ayman Kharroub, Arab resident of Israel (Arabic): "The importance of the vote is that our representation [in the Knesset] would prevent the far-right from enacting their policies in our country."
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SOT, Imad Jabara, Arab resident of Israel (Arabic): "I believe our participation in the elections will be high tomorrow and many Arabs will go to the polls to vote."
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SOT, Imad Jabara, Arab resident of Israel (Arabic): "The votes of the Arabs will reduce the chances of [Netanyahu] being reelected."
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SOT, Hazem, Arab resident of Israel (German): ''Unfortunately, the election wasn't very good last time because there was a large company of right-powers who wanted Arabs not to vote. It is in their interests, the interests of the right that the Arabs don't vote. But this time, because the Arab parties have united, it is a positive time for the people and I hope that more people take part in the elections.''
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SOT, Hazem, Arab resident of Israel (Arabic): ''I think that a lot of people will be happy [if Netanyahu is voted out] but progress for Arabs in Israel will only be achieved through peace with Palestinians and neighboring states. If peace prevails, it is not difficult to achieve equal rights in Israel, I think, one depends on the other.''
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SOT, Abdulhakeem, Arab resident of Israel (Arabic): "Nothing will change, all that they said before the elections is just for marketing purposes. But it is my right to vote, and I will use this right."
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SOT, Abdulhakeem, Arab resident of Israel (Arabic): "Arabs who are in the Knesset are not politically mature, they are nervous, anything makes them angry, they improvise and they do not work for the future."
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SOT, Abdulhakeem, Arab resident of Israel (Arabic): "I do not build hopes on the Arab candidates, but as an Arab in Israel, I will vote and will support Arab candidates in Israel."
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SCRIPT
Residents of Tayibe, an Arab-majority city in central Israel, expressed their opinion on the upcoming Israeli general elections on Monday.
"I believe our participation in the elections will be high tomorrow and many Arabs will go to the polls to vote," Imad Jabara, an Arab resident of Tayibe said. He added: "The votes of the Arabs will reduce the chances of [Netanyahu] being reelected."
"We are in need of a strong force to change the status quo. We continuously face policies of racist discrimination which includes the destruction of houses, the division of Al-Aqsa mosque and racism against the Arabic community, and that must change, and therefore we need a force of more than 15 members who would represent us in the next Knesset," said another Arab local Ayman Kharroub.
Another Arab resident, Abdulhakeem, criticized Arabs in Knesset for being politically amateur and "nervous" adding though: "I do not build hopes on the Arab candidates, but as an Arab in Israel, I will vote and will support Arab candidates in Israel."
Israel will hold snap elections on Tuesday, as Netanyahu was unable to form a coalition after the vote in April. His pledge to annex parts of West Bank if reelected sparked international condemnation.