Arab mayors to meet with Netanyahu on community violence; some call for boycott

Municipal heads said to agree limited delegation will take part in Sunday’s video conference call on killings; but critics say PM using it for election campaign

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Nazareth on January 13, 2021 (courtesy: PMO)

Arab Israeli municipal leaders met Saturday to discuss an upcoming video conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as some called to boycott the meeting.

The video conference meeting, scheduled for Sunday, is to focus on violence in Arab Israeli communities. The talks come as Netanyahu seeks the support of Arab voters ahead of the March 23 Knesset elections, in a marked reversal from his Likud party’s previous unfounded claims of electoral fraud in Arab communities and repeated attacks on Arab lawmakers.

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