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Israel: Joint List and Blue and White meeting postponed

March 11, 2020 at 9:41 am

Members of Joint Arab list (L-R) Mtanes Shehadeh, Yousef Jabareen, Ayman Odeh, Mansour Abbas and Ahmad Tibi [MEMO]

The first meeting between MKs belonging to the Joint List and the Blue and White bloc due to take place yesterday has been postponed until today, Arab48 reported.

Reporting Arab MK Mansour Abbas, the news site said that the meeting was delayed as there was insufficient time for discussions.

Sources from Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) said the discussions would centre around civil issues only.

Abbas said that Joint List members have not finalised their terms and demands from the Blue and White party.

Abbas said that there is a document that was agreed up after the previous elections, but “today, there are new developments”.

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“We want dignity and rationality at this state,” Arab MK Ayman Odeh wrote on social media. “Our political demands are: rejection of any unilateral plan, Al-Aqsa Mosque is only for Muslims, halting settlers raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque and East Jerusalem is a capital of the Palestinian state.”

He added: “We want a comprehensive economic plan for the Arab community, a plan for fighting crime and violence among the Arab community, recognising unrecognised villages in the Negev, solving issues related to Igrith and Kafr Bar’am villages and cancelling Kaminitz Law.”

The Kaminitz Law gives powers to occupation authorities to carry out demolition and eviction orders and substantially increased the use of financial penalties against Palestinians living or working in lands which Israel wants for settlement or other occupation purposes.