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    • Slibovitz
    • 24.07.07 | 02:00 (IDT)

    All these attempts to politicize a dance event is disgusting. Arabs in Akko did what Arabs everywhere do -- the Debka, a traditional dance of the Levant. Unfortunately, some people arte trying to culturally expropriate this dance that is done in Jordan, Israel, Syria, Turkey, even Armenia, and was made most famous by Lebanese and turn it into a Palestinian thing for hyper-nationlist propaganda purposes. Arab culture can thrive in the Jewish State, just as Muslims can thrive in the Hindu state of India. I seriously doubt, however, that the fact that Arabs can do well in Israel would mean that abandoning the Jewish State to the whims of Arab hegemony would mean Jews could do well under Arab rule, at least not in the present day. We have seen too much tragedy to believe that. In the meantime, I am proud of our Israeli brothers who are Arab for their feat! Kol HaKavod, my brothers!

    from the article: Israeli Arabs smash world record for largest 'Debke' folk dance
    First published 00:00 23.07.07 | Last updated 00:00 23.07.07
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