Feb. 12, 2016
- An Arab Right to Back Terrorism? – Jonathan S. Tobin
Three Israeli Arab MKs recently met with the families of slain terrorists and observed a moment of silence in their honor. Doing so was not merely in bad taste. It was an open act of solidarity with those that had either slaughtered other Israelis or tried to. If Israeli Arabs want to join the war on Israel by supporting or engaging in terror, then it is they who are rupturing the compact with civil society.
Israeli Arabs cannot wage war against the Israeli nation while also calling upon the world to help them advance the interests of their community in Israeli society. Those who sit and grieve for terrorists rather than their victims are a fifth column, not a loyal opposition. Those who truly support Israeli democracy should be scolding the Arab MKs for confirming the worst fears of their Jewish fellow citizens. (Commentary)
- Most Israeli Arabs Do Not Support Terrorism – Lior Akerman
The behavior of three Arab Knesset members of the Balad faction who met with the families of Palestinian terrorists and expressed support for their actions adds an entirely new layer to Israeli-Arab support of terrorism against the state. Above all of this looms the cloud of ISIS. In recent weeks, the Israel Security Agency has thwarted several terrorist attacks by ISIS cells in the Galilee and Triangle areas.
Over the years, dozens of terrorist organizations in which Israeli Arabs are involved have been uncovered, and yet the number of individuals involved has never been more than a few hundred, which is an infinitesimally small percentage of the population. Statistically, Israeli Arabs have been involved in fewer than 5% of recent terrorist attacks.
The reality of the situation is that more than 80% of Israeli Arabs do not support and are in no way involved in terrorist activity. Most Israeli Arabs consider themselves Israeli and are faithful, law abiding citizens. At the same time, the majority of Israeli Arabs identify culturally as Palestinians. The writer is a former brigadier-general who served as a division head in the Israel Security Agency. (Jerusalem Post)
- Betraying Israel’s Arabs – Khaled Abu Toameh
In meeting with families of Palestinians who carried out attacks against Israelis, three Israeli Arab Knesset Members acted against the interests of 1.5 million Arab citizens of Israel. Such actions have one clear result: colossal injury to Arab citizens’ efforts for full equality. These parliamentarians work harder for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza who are not citizens of Israel than for their own Israeli constituents. Their spare moments are spent vying for the distinction of being the most vitriolic provocateur against their country.
Arab Knesset members could have used the meeting to issue a call for an end to the current wave of stabbing attacks. They could have demanded that Palestinian leaders, factions and media outlets cease brainwashing young men and women, and cease urging them to murder Jews – any Jews. (Gatestone Institute)
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