Some 250 Arab artists, writers and intellectuals signed a petition calling on the Israeli Arab public to vote for Hadash in Tuesday's elections. Among the signatories are singer Mira Awad, director Mohammad Bakri, singer Amal Murkus, musician Wisam Jubran and actress Rauda Saliman.
"Hadash offers a new horizon that says, 'Let's change, let's create a new reality for Arabs and Jews'," said the petition, which was published in numerous Arab newspapers. "Hadash spearheads our struggle for a just peace, national and civic equality, social and environmental justice and for a modern, progressive and fighting society."
According to Saliman, voting was especially crucial at his time in light of the rising power of rightist parties. "Boycotting the elections or remaining indifferent would only expedite the transfer of Arabs that some are trying to promote… only a joint Arab and Jewish struggle can change the situation," she added.
Saliman said that on Election Day she plans to go out and encourage people to go to polling stations and vote.
"Arabs and Jews shouldn't be enemies," said singer Murkus. "Therefore it is important to voice a responsible political stance in the elections that supports peace and equality and opposes racism."
Murkus also criticized the failure of Jewish artists to take a stand in the elections and join the fight for peace and coexistence. "They used to have a clear and courageous stand against the occupation and the killing and for peace. Today their voice is not heard… (Because) once you're not part of the Israeli consensus your livelihood is at risk."