MK Tibi meets with senior White House and State Dept. officials
Joint List MK meets with Robert Malley, President Obama's 'point man' on the Middle East and Frank Lowenstein, the State Department's special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations; Tibi: 'there is a lack of knowledge of our social and political situation'.
While fellow members of the Joint Arab List have been visiting terrorists' families, MK Ahmed Tibi has been meeting over the past few days with White House and State Department officials in Washington, DC.
"Simultaneously with our struggle within Israel, the Knesset and outside it, it is necessary to spread the word regarding the Arab public's situation and distress to the international community, including the United States," said Tibi.
Tibi met with Robert Malley, President Obama's chief advisor on the Middle East and other senior officials. At the State Department, Tibi met with Frank Lowenstein, special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, and Christopher Henzel, director of the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs.
Tibi also met with Arab ambassadors in Washington and asked them to help develop and strengthen Arab society.
Tibi focused his comments on what he termed "the institutionalized discrimination against Arab citizens in all walks of life, including the demolition of homes, the lack of employment and racist legislation.
"Once again I found a lack of knowledge on our social and political situation, and this requires all of us to increase our efforts in the important international forum," he said.
Tibi's hosts wanted to hear his evaluation of the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the MK said that "there is not a single member of the current Israeli government, including Netanyahu, who publicly supports the vision of the two states and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, whereas all the Palestinian ministers support that vision."