“And if you think that's Apartheid it's because… You don't know what Apartheid really was”. (From “Israel Apartheid” by Ari Lesser)
My journey through the news reports of 2013 has now reached the subject of Israel’s treatment of its largest minorities - specifically, Moslem Arabs (including Bedouins), Christians and Druze. (Those who missed last week’s “The Israeli Occupation in 2013” can still read it here
As usual, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) idiots have got it totally wrong when they accuse Israel of being an “apartheid” state. There is no segregation of Israel’s Jews, Arabs and Druze in the manner of South Africa under apartheid. The following news stories from 2013 show that Israel gives its minorities equal status in all areas of society.
When reporting medical stories involving Israeli-Arabs I frequently feature Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center. A high proportion of Muslim women refuse to undergo prenatal testing for deformities, so Rambam surgeons often have to perform operations such as on two 14 year-old twins
each with a cleft palate and nose, and fused fingers. Also at Rambam in June, Israeli-Arab Mohammed Eckert
received a kidney from the son of Israeli-Jew David Ben-Yair whilst simultaneously David received a kidney from Mohammed’s wife. "We bonded both physically and mentally," said David. "Here, in our country, and in the world at large, we have to realize that we have the power to save people, all people."
Congenital heart defects are also common among the Israeli-Arab population. At 28, Balal Kalash from Kfar Qara had undergone several cardiac operations at Schneider Children's Medical Center until in June he became the hospital’s oldest pediatric heart transplant patient
. And only in Israel could researchers have uncovered an Arab genetic disease
. The rare bone marrow mutation “congenital neutrophil defect syndrome” affected five Arabs at Sheba Hospital
and two Moroccan Arabs in Munich. Israeli doctors are now working on a potential treatment.
Israel’s universities are a shining example of Israel’s integration of its minorities. Last year, the top student at Israel’s Technion was a Moslem Israeli woman. Mais Ali-Saleh graduated first in her medical school class
and is now an obstetrician-gynecologist
at Carmel Medical Center in Haifa.
In February we heard about the commercial plans
for the diagnostic breath test for cancer invented by Technion’s Israeli-Arab Professor Hossam Haick. In April, the normally anti-Israel New York Times published a positive feature
on the Technion, highlighting its 20% Arab student composition. It is also well worth reading Vivian Hamui's account
of life with fellow students who include Ethiopians, Russians, Chinese, Dutch, Venezuelans and (of course) Arabs.
Israel certainly doesn’t rest on its (Nobel) laurels. In 2013:
Channel 2 TV featured Ashraf Brik
- Israel’s first Arab Chemistry Professor.
These are some of the Jewish State’s initiatives in 2013 to improve the economic prospects of Israeli minorities:
March’s export by Golan Druze
of 18,000 tons of apples to Syria.
There may be a way to convince the BDS mob that Israel is not an Apartheid state, but they would have to read and listen to what ordinary Israeli Arabs said themselves in 2013. People such as:
- Anett Haskia
, whose goal is to replace deceitful Arab representatives in Israel’s parliament.
of the majority of Bedouin
who supported Israel’s plans to improve life in the Negev.
Or the thousands of Israel’s minorities that in 2013 were proud to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces.
– a Muslim Arab who was born in Syria but now lives in Israel.
Sgt René Elhozayel
- an Arab Bedouin medic with 5,600 relatives who nearly all join the IDF.
Master Sgt. Marzuk Suaed
who actively goes round recruiting fellow Bedouins.
Bedouin Lieutenant Colonel Magdi Mazarib
, who was featured in Al Arabiya.
Colonel Ghassan Alian
, the first Druze to serve as the chief of the elite Golani Brigade.
And especially Bedouin Ahmed Inaim
who enlisted despite losing one brother in service and another who was wounded in the raid in which terrorists captured Gilad Shalit. Please watch his video here
To conclude, here is the full video of Ari Lesser’s “Israel Apartheid” to enjoy.
Finally, here is an example of how crazy the BDS squad really is. When Larry Rich, from Israel’s Emek Hospital, spoke in the Scottish Parliament about Israel’s equal treatment of its patients and medical staff, a BDS member launched into a long verbal attack on the Jewish State. Just before he sat down, he had the gall to ask for Israel’s help
in treating someone with a serious medical condition.
Apartheid State? What on earth are they talking about!
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