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Israeli-Arab Party Leader Among Foreign Policy Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers’

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Joint (Arab) List Chairman MK Ayman Odeh. Photo: Wikipedia.

Joint (Arab) List Chairman MK Ayman Odeh. Photo: Wikipedia.

An Israeli-Arab politician was listed among Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015, the Israeli news site nrg reported on Tuesday.

Member of Knesset Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint (Arab) List Party, will make his first official visit to the United States to take part in a panel and ceremony organized by the magazine in honor of the publication of this year’s list.

Odeh told nrg he is happy for the “opportunity to present the unique challenges of the Arab citizens of the state [of Israel], which are not yet part of the international dialogue.”

He said that he will speak about the “institutionalized discrimination” faced by Israel’s Arab citizens, about the “hundreds of thousands of citizens living without water and electricity in unrecognized villages in the Negev, while the government continues to pour billions into settlements.”

He added that he will also explain to the international community that no “half-baked apology can cover up the fact that Netanyahu’s rule is based on racist incitement against Arab citizens and contempt for what is left of the democratic space.”

During his two-week trip, Odeh he will visit Washington DC, New York and Atlanta — where he will be hosted by the NAACP and speak at a ceremony honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. He is scheduled to meet with members of Congress, representatives of the State Department and White House, human rights groups and American-Jewish and -Palestinian community activists and leaders.

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  • Policy Magazine ? What magazine in its right mind would promote such a person who steps on the goodwill of the Jewish state every time he opens his mouth ? “Global Thinker” of what? What international institution has benefited from this persons thinking ? It is shameful when international recognition is thrown around like mud upon despots like the Iranian Ayatollahs, the Saudi Arabians abusers of human rights, the African dictators, Hezbollah and Hamas etc, including treasonous Arab Israeli MKs like Ayman Odeh.

  • art

    Remember Obama sent his operatives to Israel to undermine Netanyahus’ re election and most dangerously to organize the Joint List which will continue and become more powerful by the next election. The same Obama who stood silently by watching the Mullahs and basingi kill opposition voters. Obama kept silent because he ” didn’t want to interfer in internal iranian politics. Yet he actively did his best to subvert Israels democracy

  • Carol

    when world was created, someone erred. we have sub-humans, imitating mankind, so there lies the error. correction of mistake is forever questionable. why is Odeh really coming to USA?