Nazareth mayor accuses Joint List MKs of ‘ruining coexistence’

Salam said he told Joint List head Ayman Odeh (Hadash) to get out of Nazareth when he saw him in the city at a protest on Saturday.

October 11, 2015 21:32
1 minute read.
Joint List MK Ayman Odeh

Joint List MK Ayman Odeh. (photo credit: FACEBOOK)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Nazareth mayor Ali Salam accused Joint List MKs of “ruining coexistence” in an interview on Army Radio Sunday.

“I blame the leaders. What is happening is not appropriate,” he said. “It is just ruining our future, ruining our 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.

Salam said he told Joint List head Ayman Odeh (Hadash) to get out of Nazareth when he saw him in the city at a protest on Saturday.

The recent violence is not supported by 80% of Israeli Arabs, he said, indicating that the latest protests have led to the destruction of property.

“We want to live together,” continued Salam, who said he does not agree with what is going on at the Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount, but that there are other ways to make Arab voices heard.

Salam also stressed that he is not against protesting, but said those who organize protests must be responsible for the youths.

In Nazareth on Saturday night, a few dozen protesters blocked Paulos Street and began burning dumpsters and throwing rocks at police.

Riot police and Border Police officers arrested seven of the rioters, all of them Nazareth locals aged 18 to 39.

Ben Hartman contributed to this report.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
March 22, 2019
Olmert to News 13: Never imagined Germany would sell submarines to Egypt