The family of Dima Tayeh from Qalansawe in central Israel, who is running as a candidate in the primaries of the ruling Likud party, denounced her last week as disloyal to her people and said it would shun her until she recants.Dima Tayeh, from the village of Kafr Manda in the Galilee, made headlines on Tuesday when she gave an interview on Hadashot TV news announcing she was running in the right-wing party's primaries, praising Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and defending the controversial Nation-State Law, which critics see as discriminating against Israel's Arab minority.If elected, she would be the first Arab female lawmaker in the Likud party.On Wednesday, her relatives released a statement saying they denounce her and her opinions do not represent them."Due to her statements, we will not make contact with her or give her any assistance until she retracts her words and declares loyalty to her people and her faith," the statement said.Tayeh, who was among a group of Arabs from Israel who toured the US to campaign against the BDS movement that seeks to boycott Israel, said she has been a proud Likud member for 6 years."I'm proud to run in the Likud primaries, as an Arab, as a woman, as a Muslim who is extending a hand to her community and trying to help them and the State of Israel, and to improve its image."During the interview, she defended the recently passed Nation-State Law, saying she had read every sentence and "found nothing racist or discriminatory.""I don't see that it harms minorities or any citizen," she said. "Israel is a Jewish state and democratic and there is no other country in the Middle East that respects its citizens and gives them as much equality as possible and democracy for all."******************************************Photos: Dima Tayeh; Dima in a poster of the Likud Party; The letter written and signed by her family against her

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