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Acre’s Arab Council Members Vote to Cut Soldiers’ Free Train Rides

Acre Mayor Shimon Lankry posing with Kadima Chairperson Tzipi Livni.

Acre Mayor Shimon Lankry posing with Kadima Chairperson Tzipi Livni.
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MyNet reports today that following the decision by Israel Railways Authority to cut Sunday morning free rides for soldiers (who return to their bases en masse at that time), Acre Mayor Shimon Lankry proposed purchasing tickets for the city’s soldiers on active duty. The result was a vote that exposed a new rift in Jewish-Arab relations in this mixed city.

The proposal split the body almost perfectly along ethnic lines, with most Jewish council members voting for it, and all the Arab members voting against.

Even Deputy Mayor Adham Jamal. who is both an Arab and a member of the Mayor’s ruling coalition, voted against his boss’s idea, arguing that it was nothing more than political posturing.

“The mayor did it to get headlines in order to get the votes of the soldiers and their parents,” he told MyNet.

Jewish businessman and city council member Shlomo Fedida also voted against the mayor’s proposal, arguing there was a safety reason behind the Railways Authority’s decision to cut down on the number of soldiers it transports Sunday mornings.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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