Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint Arab List.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Nazareth Mayor Ali Salam shouted at Joint List head Ayman Odeh (Hadash) to leave his city as the MK was about to be interviewed live on Channel 2 there on Sunday night.
“Ayman, you need to go elsewhere, you’ve destroyed our city!” yelled Salam at Odeh from his car, which pulled up next to Odeh who was standing on the sidewalk in front of the television camera.
“Get out of here. Enough with the interviews!” shouted Salam. “You all have destroyed everything! Go back to Haifa!...What are you being interviewed about? What are you doing to us? You are doing nothing!” shouted Salam.
Odeh, for his part, remained quiet, but appeared to be greatly irritated.
The sharp confrontation followed accusations by Salam earlier in the day in an interview on Army Radio in which he said Joint List MKs were “ruining coexistence.”
Joint List MKs have been organizing and leading protests and riling up the Arab public to violence, which Salam said has led to a sharp drop in Jewish customers and complaints from local business owners.
The mayor accused the MKs of participating in the protests just for the media attention, adding that 80 percent of Arab MKs are not properly working for the people who elected them.
The recent violence is not supported by 80 percent of Israeli Arabs, he said, adding that the latest protests have led to the destruction of property.