Ra’am MKs boycott Netanyahu meeting on violence in Arab communities

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

In this handout photo, President Isaac Herzog, left, meets with representatives of the Ra'am party at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, March 29, 2023. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)
In this handout photo, President Isaac Herzog, left, meets with representatives of the Ra'am party at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, March 29, 2023. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

Lawmakers from the Islamist Ra’am party boycott this evening’s meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Knesset’s Arab parties, amid a sharp uptick in violence in Arab society and demands for the government to step in and improve personal security.

“Ra’am will not be a part of a falsehood,” party MK Waleed Taha tells The Times of Israel after the decision.

“Netanyahu as prime minister froze plans approved by the previous government, plans which led to a decrease in the number of murders in Arab society. He is invited to announce the renewal and revitalization of the programs immediately,” Taha adds.

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