Hadash-Ta’al Lawmakers Shape Up for Netanyahu’s Far-right Government

Hadash-Ta’al joint list lawmakers intend to fight Benjamin Netanyahu’s sixth and most right-wing government and to garner the support of the international community for that cause. Hadash leader MK Ayman Odeh, who participated together with others Hadash lawmakers in a recent demonstration in front of the Knesset against the far-right government, said: “We plan to intensify our struggle… to work hard in building a broad democratic camp of Arabs and Jews who’ll work together to stop the fascists.”

Thousands of protesters descended on the Knesset last Thursday, starting in the morning, to demonstrate against the new far-right government among them Hadash MK Ofer Cassif (third from left) (Photo: Zo Haderech) 

Ta’al party leader, MK Ahmad Tibi, told Haaretz last week, “We’ll act as an aggressive opposition, but that won’t be enough,” he said, adding that “We need a civil protest as well as legal and media campaigns,” and a “joint Arab-Jewish campaign that will not compromise.”

The Chairman of the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel and leading Communist Party of Israel activist, Mohammad Barakeh, issued a statement on Thursday in which he defined first steps the Arab public must take: Strengthening civic activity within Arab communities and strengthening the activity of Arab parties. The committee called all Arab parties to be more involved in the local government elections scheduled for October 2023 and to make an effort to prevent the appointment of criminals into municipalities.