Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Plight of the Israeli Arabs of Yaffo

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Arutz 7: Arabs in Yafo Tell Hamas They'll Fight Housing Plan
Popular council head gives interview to Hamas in which he blasts much needed construction plan as attempt to 'Judaize' city. 
Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar, May 27, 2015 
The building plan to construct thousands of new housing units in Yafo (Jaffa), a welcome development as Israel suffers in the grip of a nationwide housing crisis, is being met with condemnation among radical leaders of the city's Arab population. 
The plan, which was passed by the Israel Land Authority and the building council of the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality, was denounced by Abd al-Kadr Satal, chairman of the Popular Committee of Yafo.

Despite being an Israeli citizen and holding a post in the city, Satal on Tuesday gave an interview to Palestine, the newspaper of the Hamas terrorist organization.

In it, he called the new and much needed construction plan "a stage in the policy of the occupation government to Judaize the city." 
Satal said leaders of the Arab community demanded that a portion of the new apartments be specifically designated for Arab residents of Yafo, and claims the authorities opposed that demanded, insisting on "expelling" the Arab residents. (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Why the Arab granting interviews to sworn enemies of the Jewish People, and talking about the Israeli Government as the "occupation government," is not being investigated, I have no idea. It is probably for the same reason, we have been sitting around picking our noises, pretending that the threat of "Israeli Arabs" will simply go away somehow, someday.

The Arab residents of Yaffo have been whining about the same thing for years, ever since the opening of the religious Zionist yeshivah there. Before that, it was the general concern over the increasing number of Jews moving into the area.

In 1991, during the First Gulf War, when many Tel-Aviv residents were evacuated to hotels, which even set aside space for children's classrooms, attempts were made to bring Jewish and Arab children together in unity through a youth program in Yaffo. Unfortunately, the group had to be disbanded, as the cheering of the Arab children each time an Iraqi Scud missile made contact with Israeli soil, scaring the Jewish children.

Meanwhile, the Arabs in the northern section of Yaffo, both Muslim and Christian, have been quite happy to send their children to the public schools in which the language of instruction is Hebrew. Both Jewish and Arabs students begin Arabic language instruction in the third grade, at least as of 1999 when I taught there.

My star sixth-grader "Mustafa" identified his mother as Arab, but his father as "Palestinian." If a ever see "Mustafa" again, and he is confronting me with a rock or knife, will he still be my star student? I seriously doubt that he will think so.

Two years later, Yaffo Arabs cheered when the Twin Towers were hit by jet planes on 9/11 killing over three thousand Americans.

These are only a few examples of the "loyal Israeli Arab citizens" of Yaffo.

We Jews are so concerned about those Arabs calling themselves "Palestinians" in Yehudah and Shomron (Judea and Samaria), yet forget about the threat of those Arabs with Israeli ID cards, living in our own backyards.

Either we are still in gross denial of this danger, or we just do not like the idea of being called a racist.

Well, to that, I say it's better to be a racist who is alive, than a politically-correct corpse.


Batya said...

This post has been included in the latest  Combined Havel Havelim (Post-Shavuot) and Kosher Cooking Carnival, Sivan. I'd appreciate your taking a look and letting your readers know. Also visit the other blogs, comment and share. And of course you are welcome to join our Jewish blog carnival community.

Have a wonderful week!

Esser Agaroth said...

Thanks, Batya.

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