Mideast Israel Arabs

December 19, 2012 - 2:33 AM
FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009 file photo an elderly Israeli Arab man, right, casts his ballot in a polling station in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth. Israeli Arab activist Rasool Saada, unseen, is crisscrossing the country to encourage fellow Arab citizens to vote in Jan. 22 parliamentary elections, convinced they can make a difference. Numerically, he’s right. Historically, it hasn’t worked out that way. Arabs make up about a fifth of Israel’s population, but their voter turnout has been much lower than that of the Jewish majority. Many Arabs are disillusioned with politics, feeling alienated as a minority in a Jewish state and dissatisfied with their own squabbling, ineffective representatives. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)