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Israeli Christian Loves Israel, Tells Arab MK to Mind her own Business

Simply stated, Rejada is asking MK Zoabi not to speak for her nor for other Christian youths.

Rajada Jaraisi

Rajada Jaraisi
Photo Credit: Yishai Friedman

Rajada Jaraisi is a young Christian woman from Nazareth who’s about to enlist in the IDF. As member of the Christian Community Forum, she supports her friends to also enlist in the army. Recently there has been quite a storm inside the non-Jewish population of Israel, when it was discovered that a priest named Father Gabriel and a group known as the Christian Officers Forum are encouraging their community youths to serve in the IDF or join the national Service, Rajada decided to write MK Hanin Zoabi, possibly the most fervently anti-Zionist Member of Knesset, and share her ideas on this matter.

We thank Israeli journalist Yishai Friedman for his recently reported the story.

Rejada’s letter has the entire story of the changes many your Christians living in Israel have been undergoing. It may also throw some light on the great fear of the anti-Israeli MKs of this new spirit among these youths, who are going hand-in-hand with Israeli society and the Jewish people, at the expense of their ties with a growing portion of the Arab (meaning Muslim) society.

Simply stated, Rejada is asking MK Zoabi not to speak for her nor for other Christian youths.

“Shalom, MK Hanin Zoabi.

“I am an Arabic speaking Christian, but I am not an Arab. 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.

“If you object to the Christians enlisting in the IDF, please permit me to answer you that neither you, nor [MK Basel] Ghattas will build our future here and give us the same rights as our state, the State of Israel, is giving us.

“Another thing, if you know how to object to the enlistment of Christians, I’d like to see you also objecting to the Muslim Bedouin who serve in the IDF, not just against the Christians. We love everybody, the Christians and the Arabs, but only those who have a blue ID card. We simply love blue and white. And we as Christians will enlist in the IDF and will serve the state.”

Rajada Jaraisi’s letter caused quite a stir within the non-Jewish community in Israel, but passed almost unnoticed in the local major media. Arabic media rushed to interview the young woman who dared stand up to MK Zoabi, possibly the most popular MK in the left. Rajada responded calmly, as she had done in her letter, repeating that she was simply on the side of the State of Israel.

This is Rajada’s Facebook page. It’s all in Hebrew, but I know you’ll figure it out…

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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17 Responses to “Israeli Christian Loves Israel, Tells Arab MK to Mind her own Business”

  1. Myriam Obadia says:

    I'm proud of all the youths of Israel for bravely serving in the IDF, whether they are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, etc. or Secular.

  2. Myriam Obadia says:

    I'm proud of all the youths of Israel for bravely serving in the IDF, whether they are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, etc. or Secular.

  3. Michael Sebastian says:

    Hashem bless u :D

  4. הודיה גוטליב says:

    Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people: The purpose is to build a holy society based on Torah principles and thereby be a light unto the nations. Israel wins wars due to the will of the G-d of Israel. Non Jews can stay in the country if they fulfill the 7 laws of Noah because the G-d of Israel has commanded such and declare their allegiance before a Beit Din. Otherwise they should not be in the country or the army. In this case I agree with Zoabi. That is Jewish law.

  5. Blessed Shalom says:

    Brave young Rajada !

  6. HOT DAMN–i asked to become her fb friend and want to invite her over for shabat!

  7. dear hodaya..u r obviously a great zionist and love our land. U should be more careful with your words…when a jew agrees on ANYTHING with his worst enemy-we have a big problem. U should be smart enough and brave enough to defend your thoughts and feelings without relying on scum's statements (and zoabi is scum).
    This brave xstn girl loves her homeland and not in words only. We r a country–not a ghetto! We r the majority and we HAVE to live with minorities-respectfully, honorably and generously. This girl is going to be defending YOU AND ME alike-she doesnt have to be THE SAME as you, just as I DONT HAVE to be the same as u. Learn to be loving and accepting of all those who love and accept you without wanting to change you or to undermine you.

  8. Liliana Galor says:

    Brave girl :)

  9. Chris Hamilton says:

    Very brave, I hope there are many more like her ready to stand up.

  10. Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people, and a country of all its citizens regardless of religion. Just look at the declaration of independence.

  11. Raven RX says:

    There you have it: "Rajada Jaraisi’s letter caused quite a stir within the non-Jewish community in Israel, but passed almost unnoticed in the local major media." So: "passed almost unnoticed in the local major media. Could it be because it was a letter against the socialist Zoabi? Eh?

  12. Yael Berman says:

    I hope this brave young lady doesn´t start receiving death threats.

  13. This gives us one, some, hope; Rajada Jaraisi's Sabra spirit is refreshing.

  14. Uhaltua Marsahala says:

    Dear Svietka: Thank you for your kind comment and encouragement. HaShem bless you.

  15. Marie-Jeanne Elbaz says:

    You talk exactly as Hamas or Hisbulah. Israel is the land of all his youth people loving and serving in IDF : they are Druze, Jewish , Muslim or whatever… They build this country and people talking like you do not deserve to be Israeli.

  16. Anna M Sedda says:

    well done, she just say what a lot of Christians wouldl like to tell to all the Islamic and muslims MK that "use" and "abuse" christian religion for their anti-semitic reasons…Christians stand with Israel..

  17. YOU WILL BE ACCEPTED ONLY BY GRACE. WE ARE UNABLE, BECAUSE OF OUR FALLEN NATURE, TO FULFILL THE LAW. ONLY ONE WAS ABLE TO DO THAT.

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