The 1.5 million Arabs who find themselves within Israel
are the lucky ones.
They know how good they have it,
and have no wish to join the corrupt and oppressive Palestinian Authority
or, even worse, the Taliban rule of Hamas.
Israeli Arabs Have Highest Life Expectancy in Arab-Muslim World.
Arabs move to get on Israel side of barrier, Khaled Abu Toameh, May 14, 2007
- "In the past four years, thousands of Arab Jerusalemites
living outside the municipal boundaries of the city
have moved back into Jerusalem for fear of being left on the other side of the security fence.""People see the anarchy and instability in the Palestinian Authority areas
and prefer to leave to a safer place", explained an Arab businessman from Beit Hanina.
"Also, people are afraid of losing their status as permanent residents of Israel
and that's why they are moving back into Jerusalem.
After all, life inside Israel is much better than the West Bank."
Israeli Arab Muslims on pilgrimage to Mecca
actually defend Israel against the hostility of the Muslims they meet.
"Jum'a also encounters anti-Israel views. He holds the Arab media partially to blame for this, for failing to provide an accurate and comprehensive picture of Israeli culture and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
'The Arab media always shows negative things about Israel and as a Muslim Arab living inside Israel I want to show a positive side of the country. I tell them there are good things in Israel and that we live side by side with the Jews. There are problems sometimes but the relations with our Jewish neighbors are generally good.'
The Muslims in Israel have freedom and passports, he tells them. They have a good economic situation and good jobs; they get along with their Jewish neighbors and they benefit from Israel's services.
Sheikh 'Ali Bakr, 47, an imam from northern Israel
... says: 'Some think that Israeli Arabs are neglected and underprivileged, so we tell them that's not the case, that we live here as equal citizens and that we fit well into the Jewish social fabric.'"
Some Arab Israelis are in fact conservative, hawkish, very pro-Israel and right-wing.
Someone like Druze Israeli politician
does not seem to fit into the simplistic world view of the average leftie anti-Israel westerner.
An Arab member of Likud.
An Arab Minister of Communications of Israel.
Some Palestinians prefer life in Israel: In East Jerusalem, residents say they would fight a handover to Abbas regime, Mark Mackinnon, October 16, 2007
- Arabs in Jerusalem horrified at the thought they might be forced out of Israel
and into the corrupt, oppressive Palestinian Authority.
"If there was a referendum here, no one would vote to join the Palestinian Authority.
They dislike the idea of their neighbourhoods, which are generally more prosperous than other parts of the West Bank, being absorbed into the chaotic Palestinian territories.
Mr. Gheit said that over the past five years, some 5,000 people have moved into Ras Hamis from other parts of the West Bank, concerned that they would lose their Israeli identification cards if they didn't live within the city limits. There would be a mass exodus into other parts of the city, or other towns in Israel, if it looked likely that Ras Hamis and Shuafat, home to a combined 50,000 people, were about to be declared no longer part of Jerusalem."
Similar quotes from Arabs of Jerusalem in 2000:
"The whole world seems to be talking about the future of the Arabs of Jerusalem, but no one has bothered asking us. The international community and the Israeli Left seem to take it for granted that we want to live under Mr. Arafat's control. We don't. Most of us despise Mr. Arafat and the cronies around him, and we want to stay in Israel. At least here I can speak my mind freely without being dumped in prison, as well as having a chance to earn an honest day's wage."
Similar quotes from Arabs of Galilee in 2004:
"Yasir Arafat runs a dictatorship, not a democracy. No one here would accept to live under that regime."
"Here you can say whatever you like and do whatever you want - so long as you don't touch the security of Israel. Over there, if you talk about Arafat, they can arrest you and beat you up."
How many Arabs and Muslims move every year from Israel to the Palestinian territory?
What's stopping them?
Why does almost nobody move in that direction?
Why is almost all the movement the other way?
As always - as with Florida and Cuba,
as with East and West Germany,
as with Europe and the Islamic world -
people vote with their feet.
Their actions are far more eloquent than their words.
the Israeli public voted for an Israeli Arab Christian,
as winner of
Better proof that Israel is not a racist state you could not get.
Anti-Israel fanatic Max Blumenthal, 23 Mar 2013, responded by sneering:
As Elder of Ziyon
"Think about that for a second. Blumenthal is utterly convinced that the Israeli Jewish public is deeply racist against Arabs. Yet when they vote for a singing competition, they have no compunction voting for an Arab that they supposedly hate.
Blumenthal's explanation? That, while safely anonymous in their homes, the Israeli public decided en masse to vote for the Arab singer, not because she was the most talented but because they wanted a token Arab to win, so that people like him wouldn't consider them racist!"
"A survey of residents of
Umm el-Fahm ..
in the summer of 2000 asked whether they would like to include their city
in a potential Palestinian state.
The question elicited resounding opposition from 83% of respondents.
Among those opposed, 54% cited as explanation for their position the desire
to continue living under democratic rule,
and the fact that they enjoy a good standard of living."
Sept 2011 poll:
39 percent of Arabs in Jerusalem prefer Israeli citizenship
to Palestinian citizenship.
42 percent say they would try to move to Israel
if their neighbourhood became part of a Palestinian state.
comes to Ireland, Aug 2012, to pander to Irish prejudices against Israel.
But surely her very existence - as an Israeli Arab who hates Israel
being allowed sit in the Knesset
- proves the lie to these assertions of a racist, apartheid state?
Israeli Embassy, 10 Aug 2012, gives a quick course in why Israel is not a racist state:
They point out that not all Israeli Arabs are like Haneen Zoabi:
"more Arabs vote for the Labour, Likud or Kadima parties than for Ms Zoabi's small party."
There are ongoing attempts in Israel to
ban her from re-election.
These may or may not be justified.
But they are obviously related to her anti-Israel activities,
not her ethnicity.
If they were to do with her ethnicity, then
how did she get elected in the first place?
The Zoabi family aren't all bad:
Haneen Zoabi's cousin
is a brave Arab secular Muslim supporter of Israel.
His hate-filled relative
"I am happy to see that Israeli hasbara [public diplomacy] is in such a dire state that it needs a stupid boy with a twisted identity who feels a continuous need to apologize to his strong masters".
Mohammad has received
for speaking out for Israel, including from some relatives.
explains why she loves Israel, the country where she can be free.
Blocked on Twitter by the regressive left and Islamists:
I love debate.
I love ideas.
But the Western left
and their friends the Islamic right
do not return the favour.
Their response to opposing ideas, whether expressed politely or robustly, is often to block.
See Who blocks me on Twitter.
I will debate almost anyone.
Stick to ideas and I will debate you.
But I do have rules.
See Who I block on Twitter.
Twitter is broken, 2016 on:
I am on Twitter at
Twitter was a great place for debate before 2016.
You could meet everyone in the world, and argue about ideas.
Starting in 2016,
Twitter became increasingly broken.
It became full of reporting and bans and censorship.
In 2019, Twitter even started
for no reason that was ever explained, or could be appealed.
promised to end the censorship.
But it looks like a false dawn.
One day, we will have a better place to gather.