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Hadash and the Communist Party launch new election campaign
focused on fight against fascism and racism




The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality (Hadash) and the Communist Party of Israel launched their new election campaign today [26 January] for the approaching general election, and have chosen to focus on the fight against fascism and racism.
     The Jewish-Arab front’s new campaign slogan is “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies. Hadash—the opposite of Lieberman.” (Avigdor Lieberman is the leader of the racist Yisrael Beiteinu party.) The campaign will also feature several videos showing Jewish and Arab youths, and a web site.
     “We are the secure room for all those who fear the onslaught of Liebermanisation,” said the chairman of Hadash, Knesset member Mohammad Barakeh. “Unfortunately, Liebermanisation is not limited to the man himself and has permeated through Israeli society.”
     The party feels that the racism suffered by Israeli Arabs is growing by the day, citing the Central Elections Committee’s decision to disqualify two Arab parties (a decision later overturned by the High Court of Justice) as a prominent example.
     The move, said the party, was part of a long-term trend aimed at demonising the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, portraying them as the enemy. That sentiment, said a party source, was the reason for the new, aggressive counter-campaign.
     “This trend is destructive to Israeli society,” said MK Dov Khenin. “That is why Hadash, which is the complete opposite of Lieberman, decided to rally all the democratic and liberal forces in Israel against racism and ‘transferism.’ We know that there are plenty who oppose Liebermanisation.”
     “The racist discourse seems to be increasing with corruption,” added Barakeh. “The saying that fascism is the scoundrel’s last resort fits Lieberman and his followers like a glove.
     “I'm worried about the big picture. The mandates he is expected to get are a manifestation of Liebermanisation within Israeli society. The fight against racism goes beyond the election campaign. Unfortunately, it is evident in every aspect of our lives.”

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