Dozens Demonstrate in Afula against Home Sale to Arab Family

Dozens of residents of the northern city of Afula demonstrated on Wednesday afternoon, June 13, against the sale of a house to an Arab family. Protesters waved Israeli flags and carried racist signs condemning the sale and the homeowners who sold their home to Arabs, one of which read: “Traitors against the Jews will get no rest.”

The Afula Municipality

The Afula Municipality (Photo: Wikipedia)

Former Afula Mayor Avi Elkabetz and Deputy Mayor Shlomo Malihi participated in the protest. Elkabetz said, “The residents of Afula don’t want a mixed city, but rather a Jewish city, and it’s their right. This is not racism.”

Chair of the Joint List, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) wrote in response to the protest: “It is not surprising that, in a country that has founded 700 towns for Jews but not a single one for Arabs, the idea that Arabs should be pushed aside does not shock citizens. And still, it is more than a little worrying to see how our hope for living together is crumbling due to hatred and racism fueled by the government.”

Hadash Member of Knesset Yousef Jabareen (Joint List) added that “racism and ethnic superiority have become a legitimate reality under this right-wing government. This protest should rock the political system and keep awake at night all those who care about equality and human dignity.”