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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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