The Abraham Fund responds to Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon

The Abraham Fund have issued a statement on Ayalon’s recent interview touting a population swap.

“Israel’s Arab citizens are an integral part of Israeli society. Their citizenship is unconditional.
The Abraham Fund is calling upon Israeli Jewish and Arab leaders to acknowledge this fact and dedicate their strength and skills to promote the objective of a shared society based on equality and mutual respect.

The Abraham Fund Initiatives works towards integration and equality among Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel.”

5 Responses to “The Abraham Fund responds to Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon”

  1. luny Says:

    Very nice. In the last few years, Arab civil society has indeed produced several proposals of how to put this set of laudable principles in reality. The Haifa declaration is perhaps the most comprehensive. Or one could listen to Palestinian-Israeli rapresentative NGOs (Adalah, ArabHRA,Abnaa al Balad). Or to Palestinian MKs. I surmise that Israel’s “Arab citizens” (its a definition they dont like, by the way) will indeed be an integral part of society when THEY THEMSELVES say they are. At the moment, they say exactly the opposite: That they are discriminated and marginalized.

    I strongly suspect, though, that the well meaning liberals behind this declaration are a lot more interested in showing off the “integral” Arab citizens than to listen to what these citizens actually say. Still, better than nothing.

  2. Brian Goldfarb Says:

    Well, luny (and I say again, a well chosen nom-de-posting), at least they have de jure equality in Israel, which is more than could be said for the Jewish and Christian inhabitants of numerous Moslem countries. We all know that they don’t have de facto equality, but then no more do UK citizens of certain ethnic backgrounds and origins, whatever the law says.

    So, your _real_ point is what? Because it sure isn’t the one you claim to be making above.

    But then, there’s no change there, as many of us have been saying for ages about a lot of your postings here.

  3. Arieh Lebowitz Says:

    In January 2007, Ambassador Danny Ayalon former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, joined Nefesh B’Nefesh as it’s Co-Chairman. In August 2008, Ayalon joined the right-wing Yisrael Beitenu party and stated that the Palestinian citizens of Israel living in the Galilee constitute a fifth column:

    “If the government of Israel does not act to have a Jewish majority in the North, then the Arab majority in the Galilee will declare independence and [demand] international recognition on the basis of the precedents of Kosovo, Abkhazia and [South Ossetia].” SOURCE: http://samedog.net/wikipedia/index.php/Nefesh_B'Nefesh
    quote from SOURCE: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1016855.html

  4. luny Says:

    Wow, I am overwhelmed by this! Yes, Israel is racist, but “the arabs are worse” (which Arabs? Iraq had a Christian prime minister, Nassers Egypt a Coptic foreign minister) and Israeli Arabs have “de jure equality” (Id like to see if the BNP in the UK would get away with building whites only housing, as in here
    http://www.jkcook.net/Articles3/0454.htm#Top of course, “separate but equal” has a long and honorable history as far as “de jure equality” is concerned)

  5. An informed view of Arab Christian in the Arab world Says:

    Israeli Arab Christians and Muslims have more rights in Israel than any Jew anywhere in the Arab Islamic world, and more democratic rights than most Christian and Muslims.

    ‘Wow, I am overwhelmed by this!’

    Of course you are: it’s an unanswerable response. By what criteria does Israel have to be perfect? Why does she have to be more perfect than her enemies (asides your desire to perfect her out of existence?).

    There has been a vast exodus of millions of Christians from the Arab world since the 19th century, but especially since the 1950s. Israel is one of the exceptions. The current West Bank exodus has more to do with the PA and Hamas.

    The percentage of Arab Christians who have left the Arab Islamic world is much greater than who left what became Israel during the Palestinian civil war.

    ‘had a Christian PM/a Coptic FM’.

    HAD. The Past. Christians may have founded the Arab nationalist movement, but the sons have devoured the revolution.

    Remember Hanan Ashrawi? Where is she now?

    How secure do Christians feel under Hamas or Hizbullah? Or grateful to such as Luny for cheering them on? Western Leftist blindness to the actual situation of Christians in the Arab Islamic world, the forgiveness of every Islamicist sin so long as it militates against Israel and the West, is a factor in their ongoing exodus. Or even the PA, given it is the PA combined with Hamas that is actually causing Bethlehem Christians to leave in droves, not the Israelis, whatever says the Fatah and Hamas propagandist, Ben White.

    I strongly recommend this English language article from Der Spiegel:

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiege/0,1518,457002-2,00.html

    And is anyone going to remember the Hijaz, where neither Christians or Jews are allowed by Islamic law to dwell (whatever allowances are made for foreign EFL teachers and oil workers etc).

    ‘The disappearance of living Christian communities would signal the disappearance of religious pluralism and a moderating influence from the heart of the Muslim world.

    Christians, numbering about 15 million, are the largest non-Muslim religious minority left in the Middle East. The Jews, the ancient Zoroastrians (sometimes known as “magi,” three of whom visited the Christ Child), the Mandeans (who follow John the Baptist), the Bahai, the angel-worshipping Yazidis, and other, smaller groups — all have joined the exodus, and for the same reasons.

    Within our lifetime, the Middle East could be wholly Islamicized for the first time in history. Without the experience of living alongside Christians and other non-Muslims at home, what would prepare it to peacefully coexist with the West? This religious polarization would undoubtedly have geopolitical significance. So far, official Washington has not taken this under consideration.’

    http://www.aina.org/news/2009122313911.htm

    ‘Today, the role of Arab Christians is diminishing. A number of factors have combined since the 1970s to produce this outcome: the waning (if not defeat) of Arab nationalism and the meteoric rise of Islamism; the missionary spread of zealous Saudi Wahhabism, backed by unprecedented wealth; and the reorientation of millions of Egyptians and Levantines who travelled to the Gulf in pursuit of better work opportunities.’

    ‘There is no alarming sectarian divide in Egypt. But the country is experiencing the conspicuous withdrawal of a substantial body of its Christian citizens from the core of its socio-economic life. This, and associated phenomena – emigration and “clustering” – does not bode well for Egyptian society as a whole.

    The decline in the active participation of Arab Christians in politics and central social movements in the country is a severe loss, both because of the community’s demographic weight and because it represents a retreat from active engagement that an Arab society with great development problems can ill afford.’

    ‘There is no doubt that the Islamic political forces will continue to exert significant influence over the future of the Arab world – from the Gulf to the Maghreb. The salient test will be whether, once victorious, political Islam will appreciate the role of Arab Christians and propel them to the role of full partner; and whether the Arab Christians who remain will want to undertake that role.’

    http://www.opendemocracy.net/article/conflicts/middle_east/arab_christians

    Virtually the only place in the middle east where the Arab Christian role is increasing (and one includes now the Christian majority of Lebanon, now under the shadow of Hizbullah), is Israel.

    Even Syria, often touted as the best place in the Arab world to be a Christian, discriminates against Christians:

    ‘Discrimination against non-Moslems is evidenced in the regime’s refusal, for the past 40 years, to grant permission for the opening of a single Christian school.’

    http://www.csi-int.org/countdown_for_christians.php

    Compare and contrast:

    http://www.zenit.org/article-25552?l=english


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