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A 'Good Girl' and a Rebel, Two Female Arab MKs Unlikely to Make It Back Into the Knesset

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Take Ibtisam Mara’ana and Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi, for instance – Arab female Knesset members from left-wing Zionist parties, the Labor Party and Meretz, respectively. They followed opposite paths in their short political careers, but the outcome is expected to be similar: You’re out.

Mara’ana took the seventh slot in last year’s Labor Party primary, and was immediately attacked over her past opinions. A 2013 Facebook post was dredged up: “I didn’t stand for the Memorial Day siren, I was driving while nearly the entire country stood at attention. I decided to keep moving.”

The aggressive attack, which included asking the Central Elections Committee to disqualify her candidacy, forced her to express regret for the post, to go on the defensive and to ask for the forgiveness of bereaved families.

More important, the blow she took right at the start led her to keep her head down during the entire legislative session. Mara’ana, who........

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