Ayman Odeh, head of the Knesset’s Joint List. (Photo: Activestills.org, file)
An Israeli-Arab member of parliament (MK) has condemned the proposal by Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to “exchange” residents of Arab and Jewish cities, Anadolu reported on Monday.
“We remained in our land despite the Nakba and [Israel’s] displacement policies,” said Ayman Odeh, head of the Arab list in the Knesset. “We resisted for the sake of our adherence to our land and for the sake of dragging our right of full citizenship.” He added that Lieberman’s plan to get rid of the Arabs in what is known as the Triangle — a cluster of Arab towns — is a plan to revoke residents’ citizenship rights.
Early on Monday, Lieberman proposed exchanging areas inside Israel which have a high Arab population for Jewish colony-settlements in the occupied West Bank. “It is unacceptable to establish a Palestinian state with a single Jew in it,” he claimed, “but 22 per cent of the Israeli p...