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Is Israel’s Haifa a model of religious co-existence?

With just one day to go until the Israeli parliamentary election, FRANCE 24 visits the city of Haifa, often described as the model for religious co-existence. But some of the city's Arab inhabitants say they feel like second-class citizens.

Haifa, on Israel’s northern coast, has been portrayed as the model co-existence – a place where Jews, Muslims and Christians live side by side in perfect harmony.

But despite efforts to promote this co-existence, parts of Haifa’s Arab population say they feel like they are treated as second-class citizens, and are being discriminated against.

Israeli Arabs currently constitute the third-largest block in the Israeli parliament, but it remains difficult for them to blend in as rightwing parties accuse them of being traitors, intent on destroying the Jewish state.

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