MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) announced Wednesday that she would run for mayor of
Nazareth in the upcoming municipal elections on October 22, marking the first
time that an Arab woman has run for the position.
Speaking at a press
conference, she vowed to struggle against racism.
Zoabi, who will run as
an independent candidate and not as part of Balad, will be following in the
footsteps of her relative Saif al-Din Zoabi, a former MK and mayor of Nazareth
in the 1980s. Zoabi lives and grew up in the city.
Several lawmakers have
tried to propose bills to ban her from the Knesset, but the controversy-prone
legislator has decided to leave of her own volition.
She has little time
to campaign for the mayoral race, but she has the advantage being a recognized
Zoabi said Nazareth served as the capital for the Arab public and
that she wanted to develop it into a modern city that offered its residents the
Four thousand homes in the city are not connected to
electricity, a situation she said was intolerable. She added that transportation
was not adequate, and overcrowding in the classrooms demanded change.
also complained that the city does not have an industrial park, while in Upper
Nazareth there are five. Nazareth has great potential, but the current situation
is difficult, she said, adding that improving the city would require a lot of
Lahav Harkov and Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.
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