It is always heartening to know that Israel has very good friends even among its Arab citizens. Contrary to what one might gather from the news, they are not all terrorists or antisemites. Some of them are loyal, steadfast supporters, and are not afraid to say so despite the danger they put themselves into.
Sara Zoabi is one of those very courageous Arab Zionists. She has made quite a name for herself with her videos and media appearances in support of Israel. Here she is in another video where she bashes the UNESCO resolution which presumed to detach Israel and the Jews from Hebron. Even more impressively, Sara is not addressing American or Israeli friends. She is speaking in Arabic to her own people. I hope she stays safe.
Kol hakavod Sara! If only there were millions more like you – not only Arabs, but even Jews and Christians. We can all learn a valuable lesson from you about standing up for our principles and our indigenous rights in Israel.
Fred Maroun is another brave (Christian, Canadian) Arab who does not hesitate to speak the truth. In this hard-hitting item in the Times of Israel (via DP-PT), he slams the hypocrisy in blaming Israel for crimes committed by Arabs, and the outrage of denying the Jews’ history in Israel. Fred Maroun writes “We Arabs are damn lucky that Jews do not behave like Arabs”:
When I see Arab hatred directed at Israel, such as the Palestinian Authority’s repeated attempts through UNESCO to deny Jewish history in Jerusalem, I shake my head in disbelief. The hypocrisy is astounding.
Arab countries, even Egypt and Jordan which have signed peace agreements with Israel, gag pro-Israel opinions and promote antisemitic fallacies, such as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion forgery. In Lebanon, it is a criminal offense to communicate with an Israeli for any reason.
If Jews behaved like us, Israeli media would ban any criticism of Israel and the Israeli government would disseminate lies about Arabs and Muslims. Instead, Israeli media and the Israeli parliament provide platforms for a wide range of opinions, including the most extreme anti-Israel opinions. In the Knesset, the Arab members who support Hamas, a terrorist organization openly calling for the killing of Jews, are free to speak just like everyone else. When Israel’s prime minister made a comment that was perceived as anti-Arab, he was widely denounced by other Israelis, including the Israeli president, and the prime minister later apologized.
If Jews behaved like us, when Israel defended itself against attacks from Gaza and Lebanon, it would have used its military superiority to wipe out those entities and to force their inhabitants to flee, leaving only deserted land that Israel could easily control. Instead, in each case, Israel took extraordinary care to avoid civilian casualties. A former Commander of British Forces said that, “During its operation in Gaza, the Israeli Defense Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare”. Israel even provides free medical assistance to Syrians, which it has absolutely no obligation to do.
Any Arab who looks at the history of the Israel-Arab conflict with honesty realizes that we Arabs are damn lucky that Jews do not behave like Arabs. We demonize Israel over imperfections such as delays at legitimate security checkpoints, but we have done hundreds of times worse to Jews, and we would have done even worse if we could. We demonize Israel over total fabrications that we shamelessly create, such as the claim of a massacre in the West Bank city of Jenin, which was later recognized to be a lie.
In addition to this, we Arabs are also damn lucky that the world applies a different standard to us than to Jews. We get to behave badly while Jews behave far better than us, yet the world blames them. So not only do we benefit from our own antisemitism, but we also benefit from the antisemitism of non-Arabs. Wow!
Many Arabs know this, but few of us admit it, so we continue to lie, not only to the world, but also to ourselves.
Kol hakavod to Fred Maroun who does not hesitate to call out the facts as they really are, and not how he or others would like to see them. It takes a very brave person to act contrary to the expectations and behaviour of his social milieu, and Fred Maroun, like Sara Zoabi and others, has no shortage of courage.
I wish him and Sara Zoabi both success in their endeavours, and long life.