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Members of Israel’s Labor, Meretz, Kadima, Hadash, Yesh Atid and Hatnuah parties signed a covenant on Sunday pledging to close equality gaps between Jews and Arabs within 10 years.
Likud, Jewish Home, Israel Our Home, Strength to Israel, Balad and United Arab List- Ta’al were not present at the Jaffa ceremony, initiated by the Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development, according to a report by Haaretz.
Signatories included MK Isaac Herzog (Labor), MK Ilan Gilon (Meretz), MK Mohammed Barakeh (Hadash), MK Doron Avital (Kadima) Yesh Atid candidate Ya’akov Peri and Hatnuah candidate Amram Mitzna.
Symbolic chairs for Likud/Israel Our home, Jewish Home, Shas, and United Torah Judaism were left empty, signifying the lack of attendance of representatives from those parties.
Balad and United Arab List-Ta’al representatives cancelled at the last minute, according to Haaretz.
The covenant stated that Arabs suffered from discrimination and vowed to create equality in state funding for Jewish and Arab populations within the decade.
The Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development’s executive director, Helmi Kittani, told the audience that two thirds of children in Israel living under poverty are Arab.
Dr. Danny Gera, one of the initiators of the 10 year plan, said that Arab poverty had not changed significantly, despite major cash infusions to the population by governments around the world.
Yesh Atid’s Yaakov Peri said that while he supports the plan, he thinks Arabs should be forced to do national service in their communities “to contribute to a more egalitarian society.”
About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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