Communist Party of Israel

After failing to gain widespread support among Israel’s Arab voters, the party calling itself Ma’an (Together, in Arabic) dropped out on Tuesday, March 16, of next week’s general elections for the 24th Knesset and urged its supporters to cast their votes for the Joint List alliance this coming Tuesday, March 23. Ma’an party leader Ahmad Darawsheh, center, stands alongside Hadash MK Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List, and a group of other leaders from the alliance. The slogan in the background reads “Together towards unity.” (Photo: Al-Ittihad) “We are not going to recklessly burn the votes of thousands of Arab citizens,” Ma’an leader Ahmad Darawsheh told Al-Ittihad on Tuesday. Darawsheh was making reference to the electoral threshold of 3.25% of all counted valid ballots which any party or list must win in order to enter the Knesset, in which case it gains its first four parliamentary seats, in the 120-member unicameral…

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Arab Ma’an Party Drops Out of Electoral Race, Endorses Joint List