Sunday, January 28, 2007

Wait, I'm The Victim Here!

The ongoing campaign in Israel by the Arab citizenry (usually of the Islamic variety) to portray the Jewish state as "racist" just took another blow by the appointment of MK Raleb Majadele (Labor) as the first Arab minister in Israel's history.
MK Nadia Hilu (Labor) expressed on Sunday her satisfaction with the appointment of fellow Labor MK Majadle to the cabinet. "Today, a step forward was made in the integration and equality of the Arab population," Hilu said.
But, predictably, not all are pleased.
Following Raleb Majadele's appointment as Israel's first Arab minister, the National Democratic Assembly announced that "Majadele's entrance to the Israeli government contradicts the interests of the Arab public in Israel and harms the struggle against racism."
Why? Because the interest of the "Israeli-Arab public" is to portray Israel as racist. Instead of looking at the appointment as a step in the right direction to elevate the status of Arabs, it is decried for obstructing their goal of slandering Israel.
The Balad Party released a statement saying that Majadele's ministerial position "would give a seal of approval to the policy of racial discrimination against Arabs," and would not change this policy.
In other words, what they are saying is that by giving an Arab a position of unprecedented power and authority in the government, Israel is actually endorsing discrimination against Arabs.
Representatives of the Hadash, Ra'am-Ta'al, and Balad parties [all Arab - a.y.] expressed a lack of confidence in the government and the appointment, and said they would vote against it.
That's looking out for your constituency's best interests.

Sadly, what is ignored is that not only do no Jews elsewhere in the Middle East have any sort of similar position in Muslim-majority countries (usually because it is illegal), but also Jews/Israelis are not even allowed to set foot in these countries, for any reason. We'll hear no cries of racism or discrimination by any of these wounded souls.

Obviously, they would be happier if Israel passed laws that were blatantly oppressive and discriminatory against Arabs, like, say, the anti-Jew laws in Saudi Arabia. Strange, these people.

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