Saturday, October 27, 2007

'Arab volunteers will be dubbed lepers'

According to the Jerusalem Post, "the Israeli Arab Higher Committee has begun a national campaign to warn Arab youth against being drafted into national service."

Furthermore, "Balad Faction Chairman MK Jamal Zahalka insisted that any Arab who volunteered for national service will be considered 'leprous' and the Arab society will 'vomit him out.'"

Can you imagine the outcry in the United States if a Senator or Congressman made a statement like that?

On the one hand, the Israeli government needs to make a far greater effort to integrate the Arab minority into the mainstream of Israeli life, most importantly investing in the schools and infrastructure of the mostly Arab areas.

On the other hand, anti-Israel, including frequent treasonous, behavior on the part of Arab citizens should not be considered acceptable, particularly by members of the Knesset.

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