ISRAEL - Jan. 30 - Arabs To Shun Barak.The FT says the Israeli Arabs are set to boycott Barak in the Feb. 6 elections. Barak's Labour party is still hoping the Arab citizens will change their minds and turn out to vote a week today. They hope that by voting in large numbers, the Arabs might help to make Barak's defeat easier to bear. That, says Azmi Bishara Azmi Bishara (Arabic: عزمي بشارة, Hebrew: עזמי בשארה , parliamentary deputy and head of the Arab Balad party, is not going to happen. The Arabs are no longer prepared to be taken for granted Adj. 1. taken for granted - evident without proof or argument; "an axiomatic truth"; "we hold these truths to be self-evident"
obvious - easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind; "obvious errors" or to forgive Barak. "I support a boycott. Sharon is worse. But the boycott against Barak is political, not ideological". (The Arabs' main complaint against Barak is that he failed to react to the killing by Israeli police of 13 Israeli Arabs last October. The police had used live ammunition during demonstrations in the northern city of Nazareth. These were called in protest at the Israeli military's use of force against the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza when the intifada Intifada (ĭntēfă`dĕ) [Arab.,=uprising, shaking off], the Palestinian uprising during the late 1980s and early 90s in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, areas that had been occupied by Israel since 1967. started on Sept. 28, 2000. The bullets, claim eye witnesses and Arab human rights activists, were aimed only at the Arab demonstrators, not at Jews who had taunted the Arabs). Bishara adds: "Barak, the left, the intellectuals, kept silent over those deaths. We were completely isolated". Since then, Arabs have been detained de·tain
tr.v. de·tained, de·tain·ing, de·tains
1. To keep from proceeding; delay or retard.
2. To keep in custody or temporary confinement: , some without trial, juveniles questioned without adults, and hospital doctors forced - under a court order initiated by the police - to hand over records of Arab patients they treated during the October riots The October Riots is the name for the rioting by Israeli Arabs during the Rosh Hashana Arab Assault in October, 2000. This is the early period of the current conflict in Israel which is called the Oslo War by Jews and the "al-Aqsa Intifada" by Arabs. . Barak is trying to make amends AMENDS. A satisfaction, given by a wrong doer to the party injured for a wrong committed. 1 Lilly's Reg. 81.
2. By statute 24 Geo. II. c. 44, in England, and by similar statutes in some of the United States, justices of the peace, upon being notified of an , supporting an inquiry into the killings. Last week he said he wanted to visit families of those killed and apologise v. 1. same as apologize.
Verb 1. apologise - defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success" . "Why didn't he apologise in October?" says Mohammed Zeidan, director of the Arab Association for Human Rights. "He half apologised now just when he realises he needs our vote. I support a boycott. Some Arabs will vote for Sharon out of revenge. Labour needs to be taught a lesson". "People (in the May 1999 elections) believed Barak might change things", said Zeidan. Barak's 1999 appeal was based not just on making peace but on reducing inequality and discrimination, opening up the civil service and public sector to Arabs, and equalising public funds See Fund, 3.
See also: Public for their municipalities. Even though the Arab parties together won 10 parliamentary seats, not one of then was made a minister. "Promises came to naught", says Bishara. "Barak's indifference last October showed how he dos not treat us the same as he would treat the Jewish citizens of Israel". Israeli Arab leaders admit they will be blamed by Labour if Barak loses heavily against Sharon. But they say it is time Arabs took a united stance. "We have to break the vicious circle vi·cious circle
A condition in which a disorder or disease gives rise to another that subsequently affects the first. . The Labour party thinks it can take us for granted even if they kill us. We cannot pass this attitude on to future generations". Aware of such ill-feeling, Barak has limited his visits to the Arab sector. (Indeed, so great is the disgust with Barak that Labour has not even used campaign posters depicting him. Instead, in Nazareth, Labour's posters show Sharon on a black background with a quotation - the colour of blood. It warns Arabs how a Sharon victory could lead to a repeat of 1948, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes during the war that followed Israel's independence. Labour party activists admit such scaremongering has made little impact).