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   Labor activists challenge Yacimovich's list
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Last EditedPicimpalious  Oct 29, 2012 11:54am
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AuthorLAHAV HARKOV
MediaNewspaper - Jerusalem Post
News DateMonday, October 29, 2012 05:50:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionVeteran Labor activists frustrated with party leader Shelly Yacimovich's tactics and celebrity candidates worked to maintain their representation on the party's list for the 19th Knesset ahead of the Labor Central Committee meeting on Tuesday.

"This is suicide," MK Ghaleb Majadele said of Yacimovich's planned changes. "No one is buying what she offers."

Yacimovich seeks to change the list's format from having saved spots to one of ensured representation, meaning that if a candidate from Jerusalem is elected to one of the top spots on the list, then the 31st slot will no longer be saved for a Jerusalem resident.

The change also means that all candidates will be elected via the regular primary list, and not in a special vote in each districts.

In the new format, Arabs and Druse share the 18th and 26th spots on the list, while Kibbutzes and Moshavs are also grouped together in numbers 17 and 25.

Majadele explained that Arab and Druse spots were always separate, and the Arab MK came first, because he represents a larger group.

"What is the connection between Arabs, 29 percent of the population, and Druse, 8%?" Majadele asked. "To have us in the same spot is disproportionate. Plus, we are two totally different populations with different problems. One serves in the army, one doesn't. All we have in common is language."
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