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Coalition Whip Legislation to Favor Israeli Christians over Muslims

"They're not really Arab, let's turn them into our allies."
Coalition Whip MK Yariv Levin (Likud) plans to support an already existing attitude with the Israeli Christian community, to distinguish themselves from Israeli Muslims. This, in turn, could start a positive trend among Muslims as well, who prefer life as Israeli citizens to the horror of life under Palestinian rule.

Coalition Whip MK Yariv Levin (Likud) plans to support an already existing attitude with the Israeli Christian community, to distinguish themselves from Israeli Muslims. This, in turn, could start a positive trend among Muslims as well, who prefer life as Israeli citizens to the horror of life under Palestinian rule.
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This should go down well with our Christian readers: Coalition Whip MK Yariv Levin (Likud) is initiating a series of bills, as well as political maneuvering, to favor Israeli Christian citizens over Muslims.

Levin, who served in the IDF Military Intelligence as an expert on Arabic language and has authored a much prized Arabic-Hebrew-English dictionary, told Maariv: “My legislation will award separate representation and a separate frame of reference to the Christian public, distinguishing them from Muslim Arabs.”

Accoring to Levin, “this is an important, historic step that could introduce balance to the State of Israel, and connect us [Jews] with the Christians.”

Levin emphasized: “I make sure not to refer to them as Arabs, because they’re not Arabs.”

One of the bills initiated by MK Levin will allow Christian Arabs to register themselves as just “Christians” under “Nationality” in their ID cards, so they can officially distinguish themselves from Arabs. This could do wonders for them in employment opportunities. In addition, Levin’s legislation will create a special, preferential categories of financial benefits for Christians.

Christians will become a separate electoral sector in local municipalities, and receive legal protection in equality in hiring. “The first bill I plan to introduce is for a separate representation for Christians in the Advisory Committee for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.”

Over the past few years, there has been a shift in young Christian Arabs’ attitude about their own ethnic, political and civic identity. After decades in which Muslims have been pushing Christians out of their traditional neighborhoods, most alarmingly in areas under Palestinian Authority rule, Israeli Christian Arabs, most notably the youth of that community, have been volunteering to serve in the IDF and publicly disavowing their Arab connection.

Last July, a young Christian woman from Nazareth named Rajada Jaraisi, about to enlist in the IDF, made some headlines in Israel with her open letter to Arab MK Hanin Zuabi who represent the staunch, anti-Zionist if not altogether anti-Israel Arab view.

“I am an Arabic speaking Christian, but I am not an Arab,” Jaraisi wrote. “I ask, with all due respect that you not say in the name of the Christians that ‘we are Palestinians.’ Hear me, we are not Palestinians and we don’t care about them. We are Israeli Christians, covered in blue and white in our hearts and souls.”

According to Maariv, one of the reasons MK levin has decided to rev up his legislation effort was Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman proposal for a territorial swap, transferring the Israeli Muslim towns of the “Arab triangle” under Palestinian rule, and in exchange making the “block settlements” (or about 75% of Jewish towns and villages in Judea and Samaria) part of Israel proper.

Levin does not support the Lieberman idea; in fact, he opposes it on the grounds that it recognizes a future Palestinian state. But he argues that the response to Lieberman “has exposed the hypocrisy of Muslim Arabs living in israel. On one hand they’re attacking Israel the terrible apartheid state and yearn for a Palestinian state; and on the other they refuse to live in this Palestinian state themselves, delegating only the Arabs of Judea and Samaria to live under PA rule. It’s shameful,” MK Levin argues.

There are some 160,000 Christian Arabs living in Israel. Their level of education has always been higher than that of the Muslims. And the rate of Christian medical students in Israel is three times higher than in the general population. There is also a higher percentage of female Christian college students than in the population at large.

MK Levin wants to help Christian Israelis maintain this quality gap, making their status in Israel more like that of the Druze, who are considered equal in every way to the Jewish population, and are included in the official military draft—unlike the Arabs.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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14 Responses to “Coalition Whip Legislation to Favor Israeli Christians over Muslims”

  1. Roger Cerdas says:

    As a Jew, I'd rather trust in a Christian arab than in a muzzy.

  2. Ronny Mol says:

    It is unbelievable that our Israeli government is going backwards over fake palestinians and now Xitians. If you knew a 10th of Torah, you would realize that both Christianity and Islam is fake. Instead of running after them, you should draft laws that students of Torah are exempt from government services including taxes. Is the Israeli government better than Paroah of the Haggada. Paroah did not enslave the tribe of Levi because they taught Torah to Klal Yisroel. Hashem help us, we need leadership like King David.

  3. Madeleine Touma Qudsi says:

    I think Levin is creating an issue a friction among Palestinians to distract them from any so called peace talks.

  4. Madeleine Touma Qudsi says:

    Since when you trust Christians than Moslems,,, to you they are all Arabs and Palestinians

  5. Anthony King says:

    Agreed. Islam is a political ideology. Xian isn't.

  6. Anthony King says:

    However, this seems like Israel is trying to separate Palestinians. You can't just site one letter and make it seem like all Palestinian Christians think that way.

  7. Leonard Butler says:

    This just proves to the entire world that Israel engages in apartheid. Europeans colonised the Middle East a few decades ago, claiming people of a certain faith have a right to another's land, and these European extremists are openly practising apartheid now. Shameful!

  8. James Ferguson says:

    Ah, bigotry. You'd think Jews would know better than to repeat it after being victims of it for so long.

  9. I wonder if the Levin thinks the Bedouin are no different than the Fellahin as a group. The fact is that Muslim Arab Bedouin have had fairly high support of the state. And, even among the Sunni Fellahin, why alienate those who support Israel? Instead of placing some above others, let's have real strategies for normalization and integration of minorities into Israeli culture.

  10. Elnaz Tmz says:

    Just because he says they are not Arabs doesn't mean it's true. All Palestinian Christians claim they are Arabs, and if that's the case then they are Arabs. His problem is he hates Muslims, and that is probably what represents Israeli policy. They can't even differentiate between Muslim and Arab.

  11. Stop projecting your hate onto others. Muslims suck the hatred in with the mothers milk.

  12. Elnaz Tmz says:

    Warren Raymond I'm not Muslim, I just respect the equality of all peoples no matter their religion or race. This is something the Jews need to learn quickly.

  13. Kuchar Roman says:

    Elnaz Tmz islam is based on nothing but hate they are evil they kill do everything to make there point of the the make believe Koran the devil who believes in islam is a layer to him self and all of man kind

  14. Kuchar Roman says:

    Let's face it islam is and always will be nothing but hate

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