36. Arab minority leaders in the Zionist parliament are facing an unprecedented campaign of persecution by the Netanyahu government, designed to stop their political activities. Druze members in the Israeli parliament were stripped of immunity clearing the way for them to be tried for a visit to Syria.
Recent sanctions against Arab leaders were invoked following clashes with Israeli security forces at demonstrations against occupation and pressure is growing for two more MP's to be investigated.
Arab politicians are particularly concerned about a bill introduced last month requiring all parliamentary candidates to swear loyalty to Israel as a Jewish state. If passed the seats of 10 Arab MP's belonging to non-Zionist parties in the 120 member parliament, or Knesset, would be under threat.
One of those MP's commented: "Every week either Knesset or the Government try to impose new restrictions on our activities and freedom of speech. There is a growing trend to anti-democratic legislation".
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