The Ukrainian authorities are ‘shamelessly’ working with neo-Nazis, some Arab lawmakers have said
People gather in Habima Square in Tel Aviv, Israel, to watch Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a video address to the Knesset. © AP / Maya Alleruzzo
Both Arab parties in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, skipped a video address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, with one of them saying the conflict between Moscow and Kiev was wrongly portrayed in the Western media.
Only one out of 10 Arab lawmakers joined the Zoom conference with Zelensky on Sunday. This was Walid Taha from the Ra’am (United Arab List) party, which is part of Israel’s ruling coalition. Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas snubbed the event as he was addressing a conference in the city of Haifa at the time.
The opposition Joint List, which unites four Arab parties and holds six seats in the parliament, boycotted the Ukrainian president’s speech altogether.
The move was announced beforehand by the left Hadash party, which leads the alliance. Its only Jewish member, Ofer Kassif, explained on Saturday that “unlike the claims we hear in the Western media, and also hear day and night, that this war is like war of the Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness… but it isn’t.”