Let's compare Israel with it's neighbors. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • S. Benisti
    • 24.07.10 | 04:30 (IDT)

    -Israel has 1.2 million Arab citizens while only 4000 Jews are strill living in the Arab world. -Israel Arabs have their own schools, with an Arabic-language curriculum while in Syria, Turkey or Iran, Kurds are not allowed to learn their language at school. -Arabic is an official language in Israel. In Turkey, Syria or Iran, in spite of the fact that the Kurds make up a significant part of the population, Kurdish has no official status. --Israel has adopted an affimative action policy in the public service which says that by 2012, 12% of publix service workers will be Arabs. (It's the only state in the Middle East that has an affirmative action policy). -After Israel allowed the Sabra & Shatila massacre in 1982 (between 200 to 300 people died), a public inquiry was set up in Israel, and Sharon (the former defence minister) had to resign. When in 1982, Hafez Al-Assad crushed the rebellion in Hama (Northern Syria) 20 000 people died. No one has been punished for that. -Israel school books talked about the Nakba until 2009. No Arab country allows its pupils to know that Jews have been persecuted in the Arab world after the creation of Israel. -In spite of the fact that Israel has ALWAYS been in war, Israeli scholars managed to unveil the expulsion of the Palestinians in 1948 (they were funded by the Israeli government). No Arab scholars publish books on the dark pages of their history (like Egypt and Syria sheltering hundreds of Nazi war criminals during the 1950's and the 1960's. Unfortunately, the occupation of the West Bank, East-Jerusalem is not over yet, but fighting the occupation and spiting on Israel are two different things. I've been fighting the occupation ever since I was a teenager. Unfortunately, you seem to enjoy to spit on us. The occupation seems to be secondary for you. It's your right, but don't expect us to remain silent. Shabat shalom!

    from the article: A new party of good tidings
    First published 00:52 23.07.10 | Last updated 00:52 23.07.10
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