Joint List

Party name: The Joint List

Bloc: Arab

Leader Ayman Odeh Method of leadership selection
Current MKs 13 Method of List selection

Brief party history:

The Joint List is a political alliance of four Arab-dominated parties that hold representation in the Knesset. They are currently the third largest party in the Knesset. It is estimated that they received 82% of the votes of Israeli Arabs.  Their headquarters are in the city of Nazareth.

The Joint List was founded in 2015, during the build-up to the Knesset elections as an alliance of the Arab parties Balad, Hadash, Ta’al and the United Arab List. The Joint List was the first bloc to include all major Arab parties on a single list. The parties joined the alliance because they feared that some of them would fail to clear the now-higher electoral threshold if they ran independently.

Ayman Odeh, a member of the Hadash party, was elected the first leader of the Joint List and received the number one spot on the slate. Masud Ghnaim, head of the United Arab List, was placed second, with Jamal Zahalka of Balad third. The rest of the positions in the list are determined by a rotation agreement.

In January 2019, the Ta’al party led by Ahmed Tibi left the Joint List and announced that it intends to run independently in the coming Knesset elections.

What do they stand for?

The Joint List advocates a two-state solution on the pre-1967 ceasefire lines. They advocate for Israel to remain a secular country and voted against the Nation State law. Balad, one of the parties within the list, supports the removal of the word  ‘Jewish’ from the definition of the State of Israel and claims there is no hope for democracy in the region until the end of the Jewish “Zionist” regime.

The Joint List opposes any military recruitment of Arabs to the IDF and seeks to end the military recruitment of Druze citizens. It seeks to promote the social, economic and political interests of the Arab sector, including ending housing demolitions and providing recognition to unrecognized Bedouin communities.

They also advocate for recognition of Arabic as an official language of Israel, state support for Arab cultural projects, increased use of Arabic in public services and in all areas of life.

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