Over three thousand Palestinians rallied on Saturday in Nazareth. They were unified in declaring that a cruel campaign is being waged against Bishara and the entire Arab population in Israel.
The rally was organised by all of the Arab factions represented in the Israeli Parliament (Knesset).
The following report that appeared on Ynet gives a good account of what took place at the rally.
This has united the entire Palestinian community in Israel, they now know who the enemy is… and as was declared at the rally, “Hizbullah not Israeli Arabs’ enemy!”

Rally in support of Bishara attracts thousands (Photo: AFP)

Hadash official: Hizbullah not Israeli Arabs’ enemy

Over 3,000 attend rally in support of former MK Bishara, Arab leaders speak against Israel’s ‘attack’ on Arab population

Ali Waked

The Balad movement held a rally in support of former Knesset Member Azmi Bishara, who is under investigation for suspected collaboration with the enemy during the Second Lebanon War last summer.

Over 3,000 supporters attended the rally in Nazareth on Saturday, and protested what they defined as “the cruel campaign against Bishara and the Arab population in Israel”.

The rally was organized by all political Arab factions, and featured speakers such as Hadash chairman MK Mohammad Barakeh, Sheikh Raed Salah, MK Talab El-Sana, and Higher Arab Monitoring Committee Chairman Shawki Khatib.

“What is Bishara accused of? Collaborating with the enemy? Hizbullah isn’t our enemy, the Israeli occupation is the enemy. Olmert, Diskin and Lieberman the immigrant will not succeed in removing us from our land,” Hadash’s Secretary-General Ayman Auda said.

Balad Faction Chairman Jamal Zahalka told Ynet ahead of the rally, “The attack is not only against Bishara, but against all Palestinians in Israel.

“Bishara and Balad will not be the only ones hurt by this attack against the Arab public; we are sure this attack will hurt other Arab leaders and parties to the point that they are prevented from running in elections.”

Balad Secretary-General Awad Abdel Fattah claimed that the Arab population in Israel had become the aggressor rather than the victim following the allegations made against Bishara.

“People are saying that we cooperate with the enemy, and soon they’ll say we’re directing tanks towards Tel Aviv. We are being portrayed as a danger,” Abdel Fattah said.

Sheikh Salah said that Israeli Arabs would never agree to leave the State of Israel.

“If the options before us are either to be kicked out or to die on this land – we will take the second option. We may be killed and jailed and we will not leave this land. At the end of the day, we will win,” Salah said.

MK Talab El-Sana (United Arab List-Ta’al) said that being part of the Palestinian people was a great honor for Israeli Arabs, not a crime.

“Our presence is proof that the Israeli establishment won’t succeed in dividing Arab organizations and parties, and Arab public leadership,” he said.

See also THIS report from HaAretz.


  1. Daniel said,

    April 29, 2007 at 08:15

    Israeli Arabs won’t leave, eh! Israel obviously hasn’t worked out how to get rid of them yet. Perhaps a war against Iran or Lebanon might provide the excuse which could be labelled as a ‘security measure’.


  2. DesertPeace said,

    April 29, 2007 at 08:22

    Daniel… as much as what you say makes sense, those of us in the ‘Peace Camp’ have to make sure it never comes to that.

  3. I love Munich said,

    April 29, 2007 at 17:50


    Daniel … did you ever think of DIALOGUE?? NOT only with Palestinians but as well with Iran, Lebanon and Syria who had clearly and unequivocally voiced readiness to talk with Israel – but Israel in her arrogance did what it does best on the international stage – refuse!

    A conflict is NOT solved on a battle field – that belongs to the Middle Ages and NOT to the so-called civilized 21st century – they are solved at a roundtable!!

    ALL these people, Iranians, Lebanese and Syrians are HUMAN BEINGS like you, like we ALL are so .. grab a cup of coffee and sit down – and SAY what you don’t appreciate or oppose – DON’T threaten or respond with missiles!

    We have a mouth and THAT should be our MOST EFFECTIVE weapon!

  4. DesertPeace said,

    April 29, 2007 at 17:56

    Karin… what you say is absolutely correct… but obviously you did not catch Daniel’s sarcasm… he’s on ‘our side’ and was giving an extreme example of how Israel operates to justify their racism.
    I am sure of this…. correct me Daniel if I am wrong.

  5. Daniel said,

    April 29, 2007 at 22:48

    DesertPeace, I don’t know how Karin managed to misread what I actually said so completely. Obviously she has never visited my blog!

    Regarding the issue of ‘sanitizing’ Israel and making it ‘pure’ it would only take one fanatical leader to say, “Let’s do it. We’ll get some flak but so what. The world has let us do whatever we want so far!” and it would be done.

    It’s a difficult situation for you, my friend.

  6. DesertPeace said,

    April 30, 2007 at 05:45

    I agree with you Daniel..
    As far as Karin’s misunderstanding goes, hopefully she will visit your blog and get to see who you really are.It’s easy to mistake what you said if one doesn’t know who is saying it.

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