On Saturday night, a secret was uncovered on the streets of Tel Aviv. This secret is not new to us. In fact, we’ve known about it for a very long time. The secret is that there is reason for hope. There’s reason for hope because so many of us in Israel, both Jews and Arabs, truly believe in partnership. There is a substantial and growing number of Jews and Arabs who believe that the struggle for equality is crucial to the future of every one of us.
We are proud that Sikkuy was one of the main organizers of this important demonstration in Tel Aviv. By marching together, we focused the spotlight on our demand to end home demolitions, stop the government incitement against Arab citizens, recognize the unrecognized Arab Bedouin villages, come up with real solutions for the housing shortage in Arab towns and villages and strive for equal opportunities and fair treatment in all aspects of life.
We are especially proud of Sikkuy’s Nisreen Morqus who gave the opening speech at the demonstration, which was one of the largest Jewish-Arab protests in Tel Aviv’s history. More than 4,000 Arab and Jewish citizens from all over the country came to march with us through central Tel Aviv. Together we demonstrated to Netanyahu and Erdan that we will not surrender to their discourse of hatred and incitement.