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Monday, April 04, 2005

Another dispatch from the Middle East's "only democracy"

A majority of Israelis believe that the state should encourage Israeli Arabs to emigrate, according to a survey conducted by the Dahaf Institute. It's a shocking result and it gets worse. The survey also found that only 34 percent of Jewish Israelis support a peace deal that entails a full withdrawal to the 1967 borders, while 65 percent oppose it. Many previous surveys suggested that Israelis support a Palestinian state though they rarely asked questions about its borders. Let no-one say that widespread racism doesn't exist in both the Israeli and Palestinian communities.

In other news, Israel has announced it will transfer garbage beyond the Green Line and dump it in the West Bank. Haaretz reports: "the project was launched despite international treaties prohibiting an occupying state from making use of occupied territory unless it benefits the local population." How long will it take Israel's main benefactor, the US, to chastise its prime client state?

What would the Angry Arab think about all this?


Blogger Darp said...

Check THIS link for where the Israeli soccer team would be without Israeli Arabs.

Arab Israeli Walid Badier's late equaliser for a 1-1 draw against France in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night prompted a leading Arab MP, to declare "No Arabs, No Goals" aping the slogan beloved of Jewish extremists, "No Arabs, no terror attacks".

Badier's goal followed a similar game-saving late strike by fellow Arab, Abbas Suan against Ireland last weekend.

The two results left European World Cup Group Four wide open.

Israel's 1.2 million Arabs, are often regarded as second-class citizens, but MP Ahmed Tibi sees the exploits of the two players as the best way to strengthen peaceful co-existance between Arabs and Jews in Israel.

He said: "My expression, 'No Arabs, No Goals', is my answer to the racists in Israel. These two goals have had more impact than all the political pontificating.

"The fact that these two Arab players made more than 40,000 spectators in the stadium leap for joy deals a heavy blow to all the extremists in Israel. I'm sure it annoyed some officials in Israel," he added.

Suan, captain of team Sakhnin, which last year became the first Arab-Israeli side to win the Israeli Cup said: "I hope we can achieve what politics cannot - through football narrow the divide between Arabs and Jews in Israel.

Monday, April 04, 2005 9:41:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Great piece, read a different version a few days ago. Sadly, many people still argue that Israeli Arabs are treated the same as Jews in Israel. Not so. Marriage discrimination is but one. As I was told often during my recent trip there, Israel is a great democracy...if you're Jewish.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005 12:30:00 am  
Blogger Darp said...

My favourite one was the monetary reward put on offer my Menachem Begin (sometime during the 70's I think) for Israeli women on the birth of their tenth child.

The reward was scrapped when too many female Israeli citizens of Arab origin were claiming the award.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005 2:54:00 pm  

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