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May 24, 2016 / 16 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Arab’

Gazan Arab Tries to Enter Be’er Sheva Central Bus Station

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

An Arab resident of Gaza was arrested midday Sunday at the central bus station in Be’er Sheva after arriving at the entrance to the transit hub.

Security personnel who were guarding the bus station – the largest in the southern region – became suspicious of the Arab man and asked to see his identification.

He reluctantly pulled out a worn red-colored ID card that was not readable; the security personnel held him at the gate until Be’er Sheva police arrived.

“The suspect’s activities in Be’er Sheva and his reasons for coming to the central bus station are being investigated,” a police source told the Hebrew-language 0404 website.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Arab Educator Teaches ‘Halas-Enough Theory’ to New Generation

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Dr. Delia Padilla, Head of the Al-Qasemi College of Engineering and Science in Baka Al-grbiih, who also founded and runs the Tira-based Q Schools, an institution for teaching and learning English, told The Marker she wants to raise a post-Nakba generation of Arab children in Israel. Nakba, Catastrophe in Arabic, is the Arabs’ inverse term for Israel’s War of Independence, for obvious reasons—one day they were the majority in British-ruled Palestine, and one badly conceived UN vote on partition later, followed by civil war, and they became a minority in someone else’s country, and have been trapped ever since in a narrative that blames all their losses on the Jews. Well, Dr. Padilla wants it to stop.

“It’s important to me that we develop in the younger generation a sense of vision,” she told The Marker. “Let our children grow up with the sense that they are capable of dreaming, because if they were able to dream, they could also make dreams come true. I want to raise a generation of leaders that doesn’t want to go backwards. I call them ‘the new Arabs.'”

According to their website, Q Schools is “constituted on the values of empowerment, acquiring and producing knowledge, and the rights of development for all people.” Q Schools’ unique approach utilizes language learning as an integral component of the process of human resource development. Having educated more than 2000 students, Q Schools aims to fulfill students’ potential for being leaders and life-long learners.

Padilla says her own generation was raised with the notion that “there’s no point in dreaming, what’s the best you’ll become? At most you’ll be a school teacher.” The Nakba narrative, rather than be a liberating sentiment, repressed Israeli Arabs, including the later generations who hadn’t experienced the cataclysmic change personally. They grew up defeated, Padilla says, which is why she believes a post-Nakba dialogue is critical for the future of Israeli Arabs. She also teaches that Arabs must accept responsibility for their own lives.

“I call it the Halas Theory,” she says. Halas means, literally, Enough in Arabic. “Halas, maspik (same word in Hebrew), grow up and start investing. Budgetary shortages, structural discrimination — fine, it’s all there, but it does not absolve us from investing in our own society.”

Dr. Padilla says Israeli Arabs will do well to learn from American Jews, whose major success was in establishing a competent and strong leadership which manages to accomplish a great deal in the political arena, despite the relatively small size of their constituency.

“It’s a simple formula,” she says. “The Jews said to themselves, We are Jewish, but American, and it’s not a contradiction in terms, but a common interest, and to get a strong community we must do very strong internal work and neutralize the pitfalls.’ Here, because of all the tension and the tough speech by government officials, we don’t manage to achieve this kind of dialogue in the Israeli Arab society. But someone among us should have the courage to say, ‘It makes no difference what Bibi is saying — we owe this to ourselves.'”

Back in 2011, Dr. Padilla described the plight of the Israeli Arab woman in an eloquent essay in an Israeli-Arab Journal. She described how “on the one hand, she wants to belong to her own society, her own tradition, to be the mother, the daughter and the partner. She is also aware, however, that this indigenous culture, with its heavily suffocating tradition, places variable rings around her neck, her mind, her body and her future. She is ambivalent. On the other hand, we look to the other side, to Israeli society and admire its liberal lifestyle. We envy our Jewish sisters who are in an advanced position toward liberalism and self-fulfillment. Yet we are aware that this society is the same one that hinders our integration into the liberal community; it visibly and invisibly places obstacles in the way of our acceptance.


Ben-Gurion U Arab Students Protest ‘Occupation’ on Memorial Day Eve

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

On Tuesday, the eve of Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day), Arab students at Ben-Gurion University protested against the “occupation,” Walla reported. The group, which belongs to the student faction of the Balad political party organized a protest against the “occupation,” where they held PLO flags, as well as signs protesting Israel’s security policies.

In response, Zionist students organized a counter protest where they waved Israeli flags and held a moment of silence in memory of the fallen Israeli soldiers.

Main Memorial Day service at BGU

Main Memorial Day service at BGU

Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg, who was visiting the movement’s BGU branch at the time, said “the timing of this protest was intended to hurt the bereaved families and the citizens of Israel who are mourning for their loved ones. This shameful event is hypocrisy of the highest degree.”

Peleg added: “It is a shame and a disgrace that Arab and radical Left students at Ben-Gurion University chose ‘by chance’ to protest on the eve of Yom Hazikaron. It is only thanks to the self-sacrifice of IDF soldiers that these protesters are free to demonstrate. Such actions are highly detrimental to the majority of the Arab sector that strive to integrate into Israeli society and want to be a part of it.”

BGU has a special department dedicated to the support and promotion of Arab students, who mostly come from the Bedouin communities around Be’er Sheva. The department offers courses to help Arab students comply with academic requirements, as well as financial assistance programs targeting Arab students.

David Israel

Pro-IDF Arab Priest Gabriel Naddaf Denies Accusations of Sexual Harassment

Monday, May 9th, 2016

A Channel 2 News report Sunday night presented serious evidence of sexual abuse against Gabriel Naddaf, an Israeli priest of the Greek Orthodox Church, a judge in the community’s religious courts, and a spokesman for the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Naddaf, who has been selected to light a torch at the Independence Day ceremony this year for his role in encouraging Christian Arabs to enlist in the IDF, has allegedly conducted conversations rife with sexual innuendo with soldiers who sought his help. He is also accused of soliciting benefits from PA Arabs in return for helping them obtain entry permits into Israel.

Naddaf has been embraced by the Israeli establishment for his pro-Zionist activism, as part of a growing group of Israeli Arab activists of the Christian faith who declare their loyalty to the Jewish State and insist on being viewed and treated in a different manner than Muslim Arabs.

Naddaf issued a statement Sunday saying the source for the complaints against him are criminal elements in the Arab community who are determined to deny him the success he has enjoyed in promoting Christian youths’ enlistment in the IDF. He noted that he had passed two separate polygraph tests regarding the allegations against him and that he had filed a complaint with police over them.

MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) approached Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev demanding that she prevent Naddaf from lighting the torch in light of the allegations against him. Regev issued a statement Sunday night saying she supports the decision of the public committee which had chosen Naddaf unanimously for his good works in the service of the state, and as long as law enforcement official have not stated that they suspect otherwise, Naddaf is considered fit to be honored.

David Israel

Visiting Biblical Tombs in an Arab Village

Friday, May 6th, 2016


First, Spiritual Cafe is back!! Yishai is reunited with Rabbi Mike Feuer to talk about the most central of all the Bible’s commandments: “Love thy fellow person as you would yourself.” Then, the Tombs of the Biblical hereos Joshua and Caleb (and Joshua’s father Nun) are found in the middle of an Arab village. Join Yishai and thousands of Jews as the Israeli army provides security under cover of darkness for pilgrims to visit the graves of their fathers.

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Moshe Herman

Yeshiva Suing Arab Manufacturer Who Faked Kosher Certification

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Yeshiva High School Mekor Haim has sued Primo, an Arab-owned company from the Jerusalem industrial park Atarot, for selling it packages of sugar with a kashrut certificate of the Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate — even though Primo lost its certification five years ago. The packages in question also bear the name and insignia of the Batdatz (Haredi) certification, but without the word for “under the supervision of.”

The plaintiffs say they sustained damages of about $100 to $150 each after having bought a large quantity of the Primo sugar, but they seek punitive damages of about $1.2 million.

David Israel

Arab MK Refuses Holocaust Day Invite, Says It Motivates Humiliating Arabs

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

MK Hanin Zoabi (Joint Arab List) on Wednesday refused an invitation to the final memorial rally of Holocaust Day at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai (named after Mordechai Anielewicz, commander of the Jewish underground in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising). Zoabi said that “the lessons of the Holocaust should not be taught in order to increase the motivation to defend oneself by humiliating and repressing [others].” The organizers, the Havatselet group, invited all 120 Knesset members to the event on May 5.

Zoabi began her letter to the group saying she was honored to “participate in marking a human tragedy that took the lives of millions of people, and showed how far down it is possible to dive to the depths of human horror, to the boundary of the absurd and the loss of the human image.”

Then she noted, “It is an honor for me to stand in memory of the victims, but it is just as important to sound the alert for you regarding that which preceded the Holocaust and paved the road to it. And precisely for that reason I decided to refuse your invitation.”

“The memory you are reviving is not the same memory the victims now symbolize.” According to Zoabi, “the learning of the Holocaust lessons in the state is done selectively and manipulatively. … You shouldn’t teach the lessons of the Holocaust by adopting a policy of closure, extortion, robbery and murder, extrajudicial executions, arrests without a trial, torture, gag orders, persecution of demonstrators and political activists. It would be a cynical, selective, distorted exploitation against the spirit of the Holocaust.”

“You shouldn’t teach the lessons of the Holocaust when you don’t recognize the frightening likeness between what’s going on around us today and what took place in Germany in the 1930s,” Zoabi wrote.

The Havatselet group released a statement saying, “The assembly is a-political and the memory of the Holocaust is important to all mankind regardless of religion, race or sex.”


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