Some 200 Balad activists, including Knesset members Hanin Zoabi and Jamal Zahalka, attended a demonstration in support of the Egyptian protestors in Nazareth on Saturday. They called for Mubarak's resignation and a change of government in Cairo.
The protestors held signs with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's face crossed out. Other signs read "the people want to overthrow Mubarak", "Gamal Mubarak, tell your father the Arab people hate you."
MK Zahalka told Ynet that his movement supports the revolution and the protestors in Egypt and other Arab countries. He added that the Arab citizens in Israel are following the developments in Egypt with concern and expressed his hope that the Israeli government be changed as well.
"We cannot overturn the Israeli government without the support of people in the Jewish sector. I think that what's going on in Egypt will affect everyone including Israel."
Protestors, soldiers in Cairo (Photo: AP)
Elements in Balad explained why they were protesting. "We are part of the Palestinian people, and part of the Arab nation and despite the isolation that has been imposed on us we will continue to be part of the Arab nation and share its affairs with it including the aspiration for freedom and social justice."
"The success of the revolution will mark the beginning of a new age in Arab politics, especially given Egypt's regional and international standing. Democracy will certainly affect Egypt's domestic and foreign policy and will liberate it from the hegemony of US and Israeli interests and help it regain its status and respect in the Arab world."
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