Said Eghbariyeh, 60, a distant cousin of upcoming Knesset elections candidate MK Afou Eghbariyeh of the Hadash Party, will vote Meretz saying "the Arab parties have no influence in the Knesset". Um El-Fahm, Israel. 15-Jan-2013.
MK Afou Eghbariyeh of the Hadash Party, the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality, running for reelection for his second term in the Knesset, briefs the press one week ahead of Israeli national elections. Um El-Fahm, Israel. 15-Jan-2013.
Arab-Israelis make up about 20 percent of Israel's population. Some 800,000 have the right to vote in the upcoming Knesset elections (January 22nd); with voter turnout declining across all sectors of Israel society, some analysts are expecting a drop in participation among Muslim, Christian and other Arab-Israeli citizens (or "Palestinians in Israel" as some call themselves today).
Professor Asa'd Ghanem reported in a recent press briefing, one third of Arabs who participated in a recent Haifa University poll described themselves as apathetic and rarely voting in national elections while another third said they don't vote at all. This election season has already been marked by rancorous debate among Arab leaders in Israel, and a general dissatisfaction expressed by Arab citizens with their communal leaders.