The struggle to make Israel a normal country
At a time when the right is tearing its hair out because the Arabs are not willing to give the Jews even one state, life in the Arab villages has become a continuing nightmare with daily shooting and bombs being thrown freely.
Only in Israel is pork called "white meat." A white steak, as opposed to an impure pig steak, can be devoured with a clear conscience. What the British call the War Ministry is designated in Israel as the Defense Ministry, a sort of friendly neighborhood nickname. And don't ever run into the intellectually challenging expression "the absentee law," this is simply the law that allows the theft of Arab property.
Only in Israel does assassination dress up as the defensive word prevention. This reminds of us the words of the Egyptian actor Adel Imam in one of his plays: "His cheek is the one who slapped my hand, your honor." Only in Israel, in 1956 did the empathetic phrase turn into a murderous order: "Allah will have mercy," said the commander to his subordinate's question at the time as to the fate of those residents returning from work, who did not know of the curfew placed on Kfar Kassem.
At the end of the 19th century, when the words still expressed the essence of the matter, the first settlers called themselves colonialists. But when the document: "The Future Vision of the Palestinian Arabs in Israel" (published by the Reut Institute in 2006 ) described the Zionist activity before the founding of the state using the word "colonialistic," it created an uproar.
The prime minister chose to use the term "doogry," which means with no beating around the bush, to conduct a dialogue with the Arabs. It is a shame that Benjamin Netanyahu did not consult with an up-to-date Middle East expert, since he would have discovered that sometimes the word doogry is used for the exact opposite of its literal meaning. The Syrian actor Duraid Lahham, the star of a comedy series, was called "Al-Doogry," because of his tricky and contentious behavior. The complete opposite of Netanyahu's actions.
After 63 years, the state that was established is also acting as a non-state when it comes to words. A government ministry still calls for Jews to come settle the Galilee, as if it was a department of the Jewish Agency. But most serious is the non-state's treatment of the personal security of Arabs. Two weeks ago, a father and his two sons were murdered in their house in Umm al-Fahm. The police have still not caught the murderers.
The dry numbers are frightening: Even though Arabs make up about 20% of the population, their share among those murdered in 2009 was 60%. Weapons flow freely in the villages and the crimes remain mostly unsolved.
Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin said at the time: "Goyim kill goyim and everyone blames the Jews." That came after the slaughter in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon in 1982. Today, the "goyim" are citizens of the state and the Jews are responsible for their safety, and in the meantime the border has moved inward.
The police's inaction is amazing, since if there had been even the faintest trace of a security matter, as the residents say, they would have ripped the walls open.
All the argument surrounding a "Jewish state," in the present context, is a barren argument. At a time when the right is tearing its hair out because the Arbas are not willing to give the Jews even one state, life in the Arab villages has become a continuing nightmare with daily shooting and bombs being thrown freely.
All this is the result of the recent past. Maybe after 25 years, when the censor allows it, we will know what the Arabs conspired to do in their darkest rooms. After all, in the reality where Avigdor Lieberman's party holds the Public Security Ministry portfolio, then Allah yustur (May God guard us ) in its literal meaning. We first need to struggle so that there will be a normal country here, where the citizen does not feel as if in a jungle.
קראו כתבה זו בעברית: מדינה נורמלית תחילה