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Thursday, March 11, 2010

70% of 'Israeli Arab' schoolkids see themselves as 'Palestinians'

On Wednesday, I blogged an article by JPost 'Palestinian' reporter Khaled Abu Toameh, in which Abu Toameh raised concerns about discrimination against 'Israeli Arabs.' I argued that Abu Toameh's concerns are legitimate and that there is discrimination. But I questioned why if Abu Toameh is correct that 'Israeli Arabs' don't constitute a fifth column, they keep electing Knesset members whose loyalties are to the 'Palestinians' and Syria.

The survey I'm about to show you was a lead headline in Thursday morning's news. The lead headline was that bare majorities of Israeli schoolchildren aged 15-18 believe that Arab Israelis should not be granted rights equal to their Jewish counterparts (50%), Arab Israelis should be prevented from running for Knesset (56%) and Jewish youngsters who defined themselves as religious said they believe the “Death to Arabs” slogan was legitimate (50%).

What the headlines didn't tell us was the following:
The survey further showed that nearly 70% of Arab youngsters living in Israel defined themselves as being “Palestinian patriots,” and that 20% don’t feel a part of the country.
The survey did not elaborate.

If 70% of 'Israeli Arab' kids define themselves as 'Palestinian' patriots, does that make them a fifth column?

Curiously, most 'Israeli Arabs' have no desire to live in 'Palestine.' They railed against Avigdor Lieberman's plan to do a land and population exchange with a putative 'Palestinian state.' Moreover, since Israel started building the 'security fence,' 'Palestinians' from Judea and Samaria have tried moving into Jerusalem to be on the Israeli side of the fence.

So if they'd all rather live under Israeli rule than 'Palestinian' rule, what does it mean that they are 'Palestinian' patriots? I would argue that they want to destroy the Jewish state. But what would they gain from that if they would rather live under us than under the 'Palestinians'? Or could it be that the older generation is more sensible and wants to live under Israel, while the younger generation is much more radical and wants to live in 'Palestine'? If it's the latter, we have a growing problem on our hands, and very little prospect of solving it.


At 11:56 PM, Blogger Mr. Gerson said...

In that case I suppose they are.

Fake history and culture or not, people can define themselves - and since Israel's formation the Arabs, and the world (through the UN) has been determined to force this collection of Arabs to develop an identity that is different to that of other Arabs. This was achieved through criminally repressing them and actively preventing them from integrating and absorbing into the Arab world.

Fake culture and history or not, it is fair to say that the "Palestinians" may have developed multiple unique traits and an identity that differentiates them from other Arab peoples. For all intents and purposes, the appropriately named "Palestinian" Arab invaders of Eretz Yisrael have an identity.

Whether or not that entitles them to a state in Israel is neither here nor there. I would argue that they don't, and I would argue that Israel as a nation must find it's history, it's justification for life, and assert itself in order to survive. This is a war, there will be winners and losers. We must fight for our rights, and we must fight to win.

At 1:12 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

Its ok!

If a peace treaty is signed and Israel withdraws to the Greenline, the settlers will move to the galil.
All the post zionist yordim will come home.
All those reform and secular leftists in America who say " if only Israel would......." will abandon their gentile families and make aliyah.
And remember those most democratic palis in Israel will become Hebrew speaking Israelis of the Mohammedan persuasion! In fact they'll be more Israeli than the Israelis!
Dana International will become the President after Peres becomes Secretary General of the UN

At 1:14 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

Mr. Gerson. Imagine if the League of Nations established the mandates border to include the Litani, we'd have even more Palis!

At 4:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the problem?
If they make trouble and identify with the terrorists expel them from Israel to gaza and take away their Israeli ID cards. See how they like living their dream.

The only thing that worries me is Hizbullah teams coming down into galil and infiltrating arab villages. They will find plenty of cooperative kids to be human shields and runners


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