web analytics
May 28, 2015 / 10 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Not the Typical IDF Soldier’s Mom

A Muslim Arab Mother Whose Son Serves in the IDF Speaks Out.
Anet Haskia and her children

Anet Haskia and her children
Photo Credit: Courtesy: Anet Haskia

Anet Haskia is not the typical mom of a soldier serving in the Israel Defense Forces. But Haskia, a Muslim Arab who grew up in a mixed Arab-Jewish city in the north, is breathing a little easier this week.

For Haskia, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision not to enter the Gaza Strip last week was “brave and right.”

The mother of three children, with a 20-year-old IDF combat soldier, Haskia told Tazpit News Agency that “many Israeli soldiers’ lives were saved thanks to that decision.”

“Going into Gaza would have yielded success for the Hamas terrorists. Israel did what it had to do for the time being to stop the rocket attacks, and played it smart.”

Haskia who was born and raised in Acre (Akko), a mixed Arab-Jewish city in the Western Galilee in northern Israel, is openly vocal about her support for the Jewish state of Israel.

“I am proud to live in Israel,” she says. “I am even prouder for the fact that both my sons have served as soldiers for this country.”

“If I were living in Gaza, I would have no rights as a woman under Hamas,” explained Haskia. “And you can’t expect anything different—Hamas is a terror organization, they treat people like animals with no regard to human life. They will never hold democratic elections like we do in Israel.”

“I’m open about these truths,” adds Haskia. “The Arab MKs in the Israeli Knesset don’t represent me. The extremist left-wing in Israel also doesn’t represent me and others in my community, who share my beliefs. Those corrupt politicians just contribute to hate, incitement and lies.”

“When an IDF soldier is killed in combat, not one Arab MK will stand up and offer his condolences to the bereaved family,” she exclaims. “These Arab MKs enjoy democratic rights but don’t appreciate them.”

Anet explains that her attitude toward the Jewish state as a member of the Arab minority stems from the fact that she was raised in a home that “respected both Hebrew and Arabic speakers.”

“When I grew up in Akko, we had good relations between Jewish and Arab families.”

“I realized early on that I wanted my children to advance in Israeli society. They studied in a private Jewish school on a kibbutz and were exposed to a different mentality. It was not an easy road, but I taught my children to always be proud of their identity and not to cry and whine like our politicians.”

During Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense, Haskia did not just sit worried over what may happen to her son – the proud mom did her share to help Israel as well. “For more than 12 years, Hamas has been firing rockets at Israeli civilians, and all you see are photos of Gaza in the media. And some of those photos are fakes,” Haskia pointed out.

“I noticed many times in Arab media that ‘Gaza’ photos of bleeding civilians were actually photos from other Arab conflicts in the Middle East— Syria and Iraq for example. They were being used to incite hatred against Israel, so I started to post these fake photos and their origins on my Facebook wall.”

Haskia, however, has political ambitions as well. “I want to be part of Israeli politics some day and make a difference by representing my people. There are many people who are too scared to speak up, who love Israel like I do and have done well here. They want a future where their children will not fall to hatred and incitement, but overcome that. I want to be their voice,” she concludes.

About the Author: Anav Silverman is a regular contributor to Tazpit News Agency.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

32 Responses to “Not the Typical IDF Soldier’s Mom”

  1. Chaiya Eitan says:

    She’s a wonderful woman.

  2. Benjamin Rau says:

    again it is made apparent that the very nature of this “cease fire” is NEGOTIATING WiTH TERRORISTS!!! no good can come of this….

  3. Benjamin Rau says:

    again it is made apparent that the very nature of this “cease fire” is NEGOTIATING WiTH TERRORISTS!!! no good can come of this….

  4. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Bless you and your family, Anet.

  5. Your words are inspiring! Many thanks to you and your family.

  6. Keith David Reitman says:

    I humbly thank your family for service to your country. I commend you, Anet, for clear vision and speaking truth from your heart and mind. I hope you find your way to the table of problem solving in Israel.

  7. Anet Haskia says:

    Thank you all.
    This is my country and my children <3.

  8. האמא הכי מדהימה בעולם

  9. Mona Ostby Beck says:

    This statement is so powerful and nice, Anet: It brings tears in my eyes…And Kol HaKavod to your sons!

  10. משפחת חאסקייה , אתם המשפחה המדהימה , היפה והנערצת ביותר בישראל .

  11. Leslie Sirag says:

    I think it would be great if more moms who are teaching their children not to judge by religion or language were in the Knesset.

  12. Hammud Hasson The Haskyih, you are amazing family, beautiful and most admired in Israel. agreed Hammud

  13. she has put herself in danger for making these nice words in public, I respect you very much.

  14. Vivi B says:

    what a wonderful article about a wonderful mother and person.

  15. Cynthia Song says:

    You demonstrate what Israel is all about: democracy and a better life for all !!!

  16. Rachel Cohen says:

    brave woman! may there be many more like you. the world may be a different place…… cheers!

  17. Rachel Cohen says:

    brave woman! may there be many more like you. the world may be a different place…… cheers!

  18. Robert Benzekri says:

    Shalom Anet Haskia,. I read your story and i am very touch by your honesty , sincerity, and your courage as well as the courage of your family and sons . I am 57 now and i lived 10 years in Israel and i served in the IDF from 1973 to 1975 . I went through the Yom Kippour war . I am a humanist and i am for justice compassion and love for palestinians and all the victims on both sides. In this last war i was completely horrified by the crimes the hamas has done to palestinians that wanted peace i with Israel , http://nationalpostnews.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/palestinians-body2.jpg?w=940&h=600

  19. Derrick Léa says:

    אני אוהב את זה אנט! :)

  20. Anet Haskia says:

    אנט אוהבת את מי שאוהב אותה :-)))) תודה <3

  21. Noam Dehan says:

    כל הכבוד, כתבה ממש יפה! ישר כח על האומץ!

  22. Lydia Ohana says:

    ken yirbou michepaha kamoh kol hakavode tamchihou hazak hazak..

  23. thank you for printing the truth it was very difficult during the past 2 weeks trying to defend israel against the usual Israeli bashers, friends of friends on facebook, who keep telling me what israel was doing despite the fact that they live in the UK and Turkey! My family lives in the south of Israel and we KNOW the reality of daily rocket fire. Thanks again.

  24. Shoshanna Goldstein Sanders says:

    Anet, Kol Hakavod Lach! You are a brave woman and you should be very proud of your sons for fighting for their country.

  25. Judy Git says:

    Acco is quite a remarkable little city, where Jews and Arabs live together quite peacefully. I have personally never heard of any serious incidents between the two communities. I want to thank you, Anet, and your sons for your loyalty to Israel and for their service. Thank you also for wanting to be a part of the political process. Might I humbly suggest that you and others like you in your city – both Arab and Jewish – make an effort to be noticed by the world? You provide an example of what is possible; we all can and should learn from it. תודה רבה. כל הכבוד

  26. Esther Sterental says:

    Thank you Anet!!! an Israeli through and through!!!May you and your children be safe too :-)

  27. Gary Schoch says:

    We are all one the same!!!!!!!

  28. Avraham David Cohen says:

    הכתבה הזאת?

  29. Anet Haskia says:

    אברהם כן זאת :-)

  30. Miriam Hyman says:

    Israel needs you in parliment and so do all the women in the region. Thank you for your courage.

  31. Logic and honor…hard to find ANYWHERE in this world……courage is being afraid and doing the right thing even when the tide of opinion is against you.
    honor in a world where lies are the norm??…you are a miracle…..obviously God is very much at home in YOU!!

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Shimon Peres and Tony Blair shake hands in Jerusalem.
Tony Blair Steps Down as Quartet Middle East Envoy but No One Cares
Latest Indepth Stories
Naomi Klass Mauer (r) visits with Ida Nudel in Israel.

Ida Nudel’s account of how the Soviet’s persecuted and punished her was far worse than imagined

SADNA

{Guest columnist Sarah Manning) Jenny and Sima Solomon are joining with women from all over Israel to swim across the Kinneret to raise funds for Sadnat-Shiluv, a unique program of empowerment for young adults with special needs. Hundreds of religious women are expected to gather on the Kinneret shore for the annual Swim4Sadna women-only sponsored-swim […]

Robert Wistrich (z"l)

Prof. Wistrich, was THE foremost historian of anti-Semitism; committed spokesman & advocate of Jewry

J-Street

Jewish Voices for Peace’s 2015 Haggadah is a blatant anti-Israel screed crying, “L’chayim to BDS!”

On his shloshim, I want to discuss a term I’ve heard countless times about Rav Aharon: Gedol HaDor

After obsequious claims of devotion to Israel, Obama took to criticizing Israel on peace process

Mr. Obama, Israeli voters have democratically chosen to apply Israeli sovereignty over Judea&Samaria

Netanyahu so disdains Shaked’s appointment he completely ignored her after the swearing-in ceremony

Ronen Shamir’s just the latest tenured Leftist convicted of sexual misconduct with his own student

NY Times precious front page ink is only reserved for portrayals of Israel as the aggressor.

Although I loved law school, I doubted myself: Who would come to me, a chassidish woman lawyer?

American Jews who go gaga for Obama are first and foremost “Liberals of the Mosaic Persuasion”

“Illinois is the first state to take concrete, legally binding action against the BDS campaign”

Many books have supported the preferability- not to be confused with desirability- of the status quo

Consider the Pope’s desperation, reading daily reports of the slaughter of Christians by Muslims

The contrast between a Dem pretending to love Israel & a Dem who truly loves Israel is CRYSTAL CLEAR

More Articles from Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency
Volunteers with Shomer Hachadash.

Eight years ago, an Israeli rancher from Moshav Zippori in the Lower Galilee region reached a breaking point. Thieves and marauders had been targeting Chaim Zilberman’s sprawling ranch; his land was burnt black and cattle fences cut down. On the verge of bankruptcy, the rancher told his family during a Friday Shabbat dinner one night […]

Birthright Israel participants in Israel.

The educational organization will bring 1,500 French Jews to Israel to learn about the Jewish state and immerse them in their Jewish heritage.

PM Netanyahu sent a letter of condolences to the Levinger family on the passing of the late leader Rabbi Moshe Levinger, who was known for his life work in establishing the modern Jewish community of Hebron and as one of the founder of the Gush Emunim settlement movement.

MyECheck has bought Israeli company, Seergate Ltd, which concentrates on electronic payment solutions, for $3 million.

When they return home, participants will serve as goodwill ambassadors building bridges between the United States and Israel.

The largest oil and gas conference in the world, known as the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) was held this week and 14 Israeli companies were present.

“I had just got the role of my life, Shylock,” recalled Elias. “But following all the hostilities, the Zionist underground members came to the rehearsal and took me away.” 

Netanyahu said, repeating the mistakes made with North Korea, this time with Iran, is a great historic blunder.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/interviews-and-profiles/not-the-typical-idf-soldiers-mom/2012/11/27/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: