Ta'al (Hebrew: תַּעַ"ל, an acronym for Tnu'a Aravit LeHithadshut, Hebrew: תְּנוּעָה עֲרָבִית לְהִתְחַדְּשׁוּת, lit. Arab Movement for Renewal, Arabic: الحركة العربية للتغيير) is an Israeli Arab political party in Israel led by Ahmad Tibi.

תע"ל‎ • الحركة العربية للتغيير
Hebrew nameתנועה ערבית להתחדשות
Arabic nameالحركة العربية للتغيير
LeaderAhmad Tibi
Political positionBig tent[4][5][6]
Centre-left[3] to left-wing[7][8]
National affiliationBalad (1999)
Hadash (2003–2006)
United Arab List (2006–2013)
Joint List (2015–2019; 2020–2021; 2021–present)
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Most MKs3 (2020)
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Ta'al was founded by Tibi in the mid 1990s. It ran in the 1996 elections under the name Arab Union, but won only 2,087 votes (0.1%). For the 1999 elections it ran as part of the Balad list. Tibi won a seat, and broke away from Balad on 21 December that year. In the 2003 elections the party ran on a joint list with Hadash, with Tibi retaining his seat. On 7 February 2006 Tibi left the alliance with Hadash. For the 2006 elections the party ran on a joint list with the United Arab List, running as Ra'am–Ta'al (Ra'am is the Hebrew acronym for the UAL). On 12 January 2009, the Ra'am–Ta'al list was disqualified from the 2009 elections by the Central Elections Committee. Twenty-one committee members voted in favor of its disqualification, with eight members voting against and two members abstaining. Tibi said the decision was related to Operation Cast Lead, claiming "this is a racist country. We are accustomed to these types of struggles and we will win" and that "this decision strives for a Knesset without Arabs that will only lead to the increased solidarity between the Arab public and its leadership". He said he would appeal to the Israeli High Court of Justice.[9] On 21 January the High Court of Justice overturned the Committee's decision unanimously. Tibi welcomed the decision and said: "We have beaten fascism. This fight is over but the battle is not. Racism has become a trend in Israel ... the court's decision has righted a wrong by Kadima and Labor".[10] The list won four seats, with Tibi retaining his place in the Knesset.

The party was part of the Joint List in the 2015 election, before it withdrew in January 2019,[11] though it decided to rejoin the alliance for the September 2019 election[12] and ran as part of it in the 2020 election as well.[13] It left the alliance again on 28 January 2021,[14] until it rejoined once again on 3 February.[15]


  1. ^ a b Jonathan S. Tobin (23 November 2019). "Who are the real anti-Zionists in Israel?". Israel Hayom. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b Marcy Oster (29 July 2019). "Israel's four main Arab political parties, after split, will again run as a bloc". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b Staff writer (28 January 2021). "Arab Joint List in Israel set to split ahead of March election". Middle East Eye. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  4. ^ ""הרעיון עדיין תקף": הפוליטיקה הערבית אחרי פירוק המשותפת". Mekomit. 31 January 2021. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Ta'al". European Council on Foreign Relations. 27 January 2019. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  6. ^ Udi Shaham (29 January 2021). "As Election Day approaches, Arab society is more fractured than ever". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  7. ^ Yossi Mekelberg (9 January 2021). "Why it's time for a political party to serve all Israelis". Arab News. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  8. ^ Tofi Stoler and Adi Pick (18 September 2019). "Netanyahu's Likud One Seat Behind Gantz's Blue and White Party". CTech. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  9. ^ Glickman, Aviad (12 January 2009). "Arab parties disqualified from elections". Ynetnews. Retrieved 12 January 2009.
  10. ^ Glickman, Aviad (21 January 2009). "Arab parties win disqualification appeal". Ynetnews. Retrieved 21 January 2009.
  11. ^ "Arab MK Tibi breaks away from the Joint List". Maariv Online. 28 January 2021. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  12. ^ Adam Rasgon (29 July 2019). "Nationalist Balad party announces it will run on Joint List in autumn elections". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  13. ^ Rasgon, Adam (3 March 2020). "Headed for 15 seats, Joint List chief claims 'huge' success, cites Jewish voters". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  14. ^ Staff writer; Aaron Boxerman (28 January 2021). "Knesset panel approves Joint List's breakup after talks with Ra'am faction fail". The Times of Israel.
  15. ^ Amit Segal (3 February 2021). "Joint List's breakup: Ra'am will run alone in the upcoming election". News 12. Retrieved 3 February 2021.

External linksEdit

  • Ta'al Knesset website