As Israel heads into its third elections in 11 months, there is one politician worth following closely: Ayman Odeh, the 44-year-old head of the Joint List, a combined slate of Arab parties. He wants to be taken seriously in all fields of life. Including politics. As the political establishment is focused on round three of the same ‘to Bibi, or not to Bibi’ show, Odeh is trying to bring Arabs inside Israel’s process in a way that has not happened before.
Joint List head Ayman Odeh said the rare step was necessary to prevent another term for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli policeman and a Bedouin Israeli were killed in the unauthorized Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran, where Israeli forces were demolishing several homes. Arab-Israeli lawmaker Ayman Odeh, head of the Arab Joint List, also was injured in the head and back by sponge-tipped bullets fired by Israeli forces during the clashes…
Liberals slammed the Israeli Chief Rabbi for not being open to dialogue. Then they praised Ayman Odeh for the same behavior. Jane Eisner asks: Why the inconsistency?
Ayman Odeh’s refusal to enter Jewish Agency offices contains a lesson for the U.S. Jewish establishment, which puts too much focus on open dialogue, Mairav Zonszein argues.
The leader of Arab parties in Israel’s Knesset was midway through an historic U.S. visit when controversy erupted over his refusal to meet in offices belonging to the Jewish Agency. Jewish leaders were furious, but Ayman Odeh insists he won’t acknowledge a group he blames for displacing Palestinians.
Ayman Odeh travels the land of his heroes, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, but prefers to deliver paeans to their inspiration not in their native English, but in Hebrew and Arabic.