Forty Arab and Jewish Mayors issue call for end of violence ...
Forty Arab and Jewish Mayors issue call for end of violence in signed statement
A group of 40 mayors and heads of councils from the north of Israel convened an emergency meeting on October 13th in Maalot-Tarshiha with the purpose of calming tensions and putting an end to the wave of violent attacks.
The group issued a joint statement, signed by all, calling on Netanyahu and Abu Mazen to meet and resolve the current escalations, warning that long-term efforts to strengthen relations can be lost "with the flick of a knife."
"We are destined to live together and we have to find a way to live in partnership and peace," declared Mayor of Migdal Haemek, Eli Barda. Similarly, Saleh Suleiman, Head of the Council of Beunai Nogidat, said to his fellow mayors: "I tell you it is possible to live together. I share the pain of all the families and I am against violence and condemn the attacks and murders. I am attacked quite a bit but I do not care. We must resist the ways of the leaders."
The full statement signed and distributed by the group of mayors, is as follows: