‘Zionist Camp’ moniker angers Arab supporters of Herzog-Livni ticket

Former Israeli Arab minister Raleb Majadele (pictured) called on the Labor-Hatnuah alliance to nix its "Zionist Camp" name. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Arab supporters of MK Isaac Herzog’s Labor party are up in arms over the party’s decision to dub itself the “Zionist Camp” after joining forces with MK Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah party to run as a joint ticket in the upcoming Israeli Knesset elections.

Representatives of Labor in the Arab sector—headed by former Israeli minister Raleb Majadele, who lost to sports broadcaster Zuhair Bahalul in the party’s primaries—called on Labor leader Isaac Herzog to leave the word “Zionist” out of the joint ticket’s name.

Majadele said Saturday that “if we find out that the Labor party has tricked us and is withdrawing from its historic alliance with Arab-Israeli voters, all options are on the table as far as we’re concerned.”

“I don’t know of any magic headquarters that turns hundreds of thousands of Arabs into Zionists overnight,” said Majadele.

Israel Hayom reported the Labor party took into account the problem that the new name would cause among Arab voters, but is not changing the name now because doing so would portray the party as having “given up on Zionism.”

Posted on January 25, 2015 .