Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has called for boycotting Arab citizens in Israel, for organizing protests againstÂ US President Donald Trumpâ€™s recognition of Jerusalem as Israelâ€™s capital.
Lieberman told Israeli TV Channel 2: â€śWe have to boycott Um Al-Fahm and Wadi Ara [Israeli cities with a majority of Arab residents] in order to let them feel it is not desired for them to be here.â€ť
Lieberman added: â€śI have said several times that these people are not loyal to the State of Israel and they do not have any relationship with the state.â€ť
He continued: â€śI am calling for all the citizens to stop entering the shops in Wadi Ara and to stop shopping from Um Al-Fahm. You must let them feel they are not desired. We have to boycott them. Their place is not here, but in Ramallah.â€ť
The extreme, right-wing minister also said: â€śWadi Ara must be part of Ramallah in any potential permanent reconciliation.â€ť
Previously, Lieberman has called for taking Um Al-Fahm out of Israel and annexing it to the Palestinian Authority-dominated area in return for annexing major settlements in the West Bank to Israel.
In February he said at a conference in Munich: â€śThere is no reason for the Arab residents of Um Al-Fahm, who consider themselves Palestinians, to remain in Israel.â€ť
Several Arab cities and neighbourhoods in Israel witnessedÂ demonstrationsÂ against Trumpâ€™s decision.
On Saturday demonstrators blocked Wadi Ara Highway, which connects the north of Israel with the south, Days of Palestine further reports.
Originally under suspicion over charges of money-laundering and bribery, Lieberman was formally indicted in December of 2012, on lesser charges of fraud and breach of trust.
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