On the Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings before the Tuesday, April 9, general elections, mailboxes belonging to residents of Tel Aviv were stuffed with new a campaign flyer from Hadash-Ta’al that reads, “Your neighbor is an Arab,” to remind Israel’s majority Jewish population that more than one fifth of their fellow citizens are Arabs.
The Hebrew-language Communist Party of Israel website reported that Hadash and Young Communist League of Israel (Banki-Shabiba) activists spent nights distributing these flyers throughout the city.
The message simply quotes from the Hadash-Ta’al electoral platform: that “a fifth of Israel’s population is Arab” and, something that should be taken for granted: they are legitimate and equal citizens.
The Hadash-Ta’al campaign argues that the Jewish Israelis’ Arab neighbors are facing a concerted attack from the racist Nation-State Law Government which seeks to incite against one fifth of the population and de-legitimize them politically.
Instead, the recipients of the flyer are urged to respond to the Right’s unrestrained campaign of hate and fear by choosing a true alternative, one that promotes equality, peace, and democracy, and to flock to the polls and cast their ballots for true equality, a Jewish-Arab partnership, by voting Hadash-Ta’al.