An Arab (Moslem) student addressed a question to the Hebrew University
Student Association. Read the response he received…
As an Arab student, who pays 400 shekels at the start of each year, I
would like to ask you:
“”Why does the Student Association hold its ‘Student Day’ on the day
Jerusalem was conquered?
Why should the Student Association ignore the Arab students, who
constitute a sizable percentage of the students of Hebrew University?
Why should that Association indirectly prevent them – knowing they
cannot celebrate on that date – from taking part in the largest, most
heavily funded event of the school year, an event that should be
intended for all students, and one which every student should be able
to attend without hesitation…?
Here is the response he received from a member of the Student Association:
(and I was ultimately able to find out who that wonderful person is –
Itai Haetzni. Look for him on Facebook and compliment him. He deserves
Ya Sahbi! [Arabic for “Dear buddy]
Student Day is celebrated precisely on the anniversary of Jerusalem’s
liberation from Moslem conquest very intentionally!
And if there is anyone who has to rejoice, it is you and your friends,
the University’s Arab students, and I shall explain briefly why:
Had you not been liberated from the yoke of the Jordanian conquest,
you, in all likelihood would have been downtrodden, impoverished,
uneducated, and perhaps would have found yourself decapitated as well
–Al Qaeda and ISIS-style. You don’t have to like it, but listen
sweetheart: Your life under Israel’s “occupation” is better than it
would be under any other regime in the Middle East.
In Syria, you’d be slaughtered in battle, through bombings or poison gas.
In Lebanon, you’d be drafted into Hezbollah and killed in its service
or oppressed/killed in a civil war.
In Iraq, your head would be chopped off. In Yemen, you’d be shot in the street.
In Egypt, you’d be violently liquidated by the police, the Salafists
or the Moslem Brotherhood. Apparently, even if you lived in Jordan
(you certainly wouldn’t want to live in any other country I mentioned)
you’d be dirt poor and uneducated. Perhaps you’d be living in the
Cairo cemetery in Egypt, in a mud hut in Northern Jordan, or in a
destroyed refugee camp outside Damascus
Your dignity would be crushed, your rights trampled, yet – without a
doubt – you would be “independent” and “not occupied”. How lucky for
you! After all, what does it matter if someone chops off your head,
humiliates your wife, steals your money, or forces you to live a
certain way? The main thing is that you are living under an
“independent-Arab” regime, and not – G-d forbid – under the rule of
those murderous Jews…
So, the Day of Jerusalem’s Liberation is, more than anything else,
your holiday, pal. Thanks to “Calamity Day” [the Israeli Arab name for
Israel Independence Day] and “Defeat Day” [the Israeli Arab name for
Jerusalem Day] you can read and write, use the Internet and buy what
you want just like in any other Western country. You can express your
opinion in public, without fear of being arrested or killed. You can
choose to be religious or irreligious, as you wish. You can study in
university what you want, at the State of Israel’s expense, and enjoy
Israeli Social Security; running water; reliable electricity and a
feeling of genuine personal security. You needn’t fear that a
government clerk will break into your house and demand a bribe, or
rape your wife. Even if you commit a crime, no one’s going to cut off
your hand, stone you or hang you.
This is your holiday, habibi, and the University celebrates Student
Day especially for you.
Sure, we Jews are celebrating the return to our historic homeland, a
national celebration without a doubt. But you? You’re celebrating your
own private celebration simultaneous to the general celebration.
You’ve won a better life for yourself, when the alternative was to
drown in the morass of thick blood that all the other countries of the
Middle East are drowning in.
Mazel tov, man!