Sunday, February 3, 2008

Shfaram to Celebrate Israel's Sixtieth

While many Israeli Arabs, unfortunately including a number of de facto traitors serving in the Knesset, form a fifth column, others are loyal citizens of the reestablished state of Israel.

It's good to see at least one Arab town in Israel will be celebrating modern Israel's sixtieth anniversary.

While the reality that Israel's Arab citizens enjoy more rights and are better off than their brethren anywhere else in the Middle East, and even most of the fifth columnists who support the terrorism coming from the West Bank and Hamastan prefer living in Israel to living under either of the corrupt Palestinian Authorities, the underfunding of Arab areas is both a blight on the Israeli government and shortsighted.

Almost all governments shortchange poor areas. (Actually, I can't think of a government that doesn't, but I'm reluctant to make an unequivocal statement to that effect without exhaustive study.) It's the nature of politics. However, this is more of a mistake for Israel than for others because of the importance of integrating Israel's Arab minority into national life. It is doubly important because the most effective way of defusing the population bomb is to increase the prosperity of Israel's Arab citizens.

The following article about Shfaram is from Yediot Acharonot.

Arab town plans big celebration for Israel's Independence Day
Shfaram mayor decides to include his town in festivities for Israel's 60th anniversary; says 'we feel we are a part of Israel, we don't want our children to hate country'

Sharon Roffe-Ofir

Unlike most of the Arab sector, the Arab town of Shfaram has decided to take part in Israel's celebrations of its 60th anniversary this year, and hold ceremonies to mark the occasion.

The town's mayor Ursan Yassin and other local officials met with members of the state committee in charge of the celebrations Thursday to discuss the nature of the festivities to be held in town.

Yassin recently spoke with the committee chairman, Minister Ruhama Avraham-Balila, and stressed to her that while many in the Arab community felt unconnected to the historic date, Shfaram had no plans to be left out of the party.

Yassin told the committee that he objected to the incitement against the state among the Arab sector. "This is our country and we completely disapprove of the statements made by the Higher Monitoring Committee. I want to hold a central ceremony in Shfaram, raise all the flags and have a huge feast.

"The 40,000 residents of Shfaram feel that they are a part of the State of Israel," Yassin added. "The desire to participate in the festivities is shared by most of the residents."

The mayor stated, "We will not raise our children to hate the country. This is our country and we want to live in coexistence with its Jewish residents."

The committee members praised Yassin's words and vowed to include the town in plans for the state-wide events, including a traveling exhibit featuring Israel's achievement in the 60 years since its inception.

Minister Avraham-Balila also lauded Yassin's "courageous statements, saying it was time for the leaders of Israel's Arab community "to express what a large part of their public feels." The 60th anniversary events "are an excellent opportunity to emphasize the unifying aspects shared by all sectors in the country," she added.

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