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Israel apartheid? Arabs and Jews in Israel

Behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and a fog (arafel) all the peoples. – Isaiah 60:2

Our world has now entered the New Age of Confusion. It is informed and misinformed and deformed by a percolating media producing fake news in place of fact news, that is as misinformed as it is corrupting. There is a spin roving around the planet and even echoed by the United Nations that Israel is a racist and apartheid nation- something that could not be further from the truth.

I would like to take you by the hand and lead on a tour throughout Israel, where you will see Jews and Arabs (both Muslim and Christian who make up some 20% of Israeli citizens) working together in every walk of life – in all hospitals as doctors and nurses as well as patients, in universities and car garages, at printing houses and restaurants, and even in the Knesset (parliament) where Arabs have their own representative parties. An Arab judge, Salim Joubran, sits on the supreme court of Israel, and Arabs serve in the Israeli police department, and even (voluntarily) in the army. You will see Arab families and Jewish families having picnics in the parks, shopping together and working together peacefully in the malls and the supermarkets, and enjoying the Mediterranean beaches and cafes unmolested, far healthier than between blacks and whites in many American cities. There are prosperous Israeli Muslim villages like Abu Ghosh where Jews enjoy the many restaurants and shops. At the same time you will see black Ethiopians integrating into the Israeli society – in the markets and in the military, etc. But these things go on quietly every day and do not make news at all. No, Israel is neither racist nor apartheid.

On the other hand, in the Palestinian areas of the West Bank and Gaza, even in the Judean city of Bethlehem, a Jew can take his life in his hands if he ventures therein. Even the proposed Palestinian state would be Judenrein – Jew-free – as it would be called an Arab-only state, where a Jew could neither live in that land of our biblical ancestors and their tombs, nor take any part in its function. That, it would appear, seems to fit much more the definition of ‘racist and apartheid’.

There are many well-intentioned people among the Arabs who call themselves Palestinian who would be glad to have a peaceful co-existence with their Jewish neighbors. But it is never the quiet and peaceful people of the land who are the driving force, but those zealots who make and carry out threats on those people, who carry the day. Having served in the IDF, I know for a fact that this is the case, having spoken directly with some of those inhabitants of the Palestinian camps such a Balata near Nablus. Fear is the great driving force in the Islamic world. Israel is the only nation in the Middle East where Arabs are free and without fear.

A fog of confusion and electronic misinformation has covered the earth, and one must wield a very sharp sword to cut through that blinding fog to get to the truth.

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Elhanan ben-Avraham
Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published two illustrated books of poetry, and painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.

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