An Israeli organization promoting Arab-Jewish coexistence demanded the mayor of Lod retract a statement in which he suggested his Arab constituents are a security threat.
The Sikkuy association, which was founded in 1991 and has offices in Haifa and Jerusalem, issued its statement on Thursday following an interview that Mayor Yair Revivo of the Likud party gave to the Makor Rishon daily about his central city, where a quarter of the population of approximately 70,000 people is Arab.
Revivo, who is Jewish, said Lod “would be an Arab city today if not for the Garin Torani” — a reference to the religious-Zionist commune that began working in Lod 20 years ago to strengthen Jewish identity there. “They just saved a strategic city in Israel. Probably, if not for the Garin, emigration would have continued and Lod would be an Arab city controlling our only airport, with all that this implies,” Revivo said.