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Historic Appointment for Israel

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Posted on Jan 28, 2007
Raleb Majadele
knesset.gov.il

For the first time in its history, the Israeli government has named an Arab Muslim to the Cabinet. Raleb Majadele said his promotion was the first step to giving Israel’s 20 percent Arab minority a “feeling of belonging.”


BBC:

Raleb Majadele from the Labour Party will be minister without portfolio.

Mr Majadele, aged 53, said his appointment would give Israeli Arabs a sense of belonging.

Labour Party leader Amir Peretz said it was an historic step towards equality for Israeli Arabs, who make up about 20% of Israel’s population.

All Israeli cabinet ministers - except for the ultra-nationalist Minister of Strategic Affairs, Avigdor Lieberman - voted in favour of Mr Majadele’s appointment.

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By Kalifornia, January 29, 2007 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment
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Symbolically this is an important event, but I wouldn’t overstate it. Mr Majadele is not a Muslim but a Druze. As a tiny minority in the Middle East, the Druze are traditionally loyal to the government of the country in which they reside, whether Israel or Syria. Or in the case of Lebanon, where government is minimal, to their own leaders. What is noteworthy is that Mr Majadele is not a Jew. It remains to be seen if his appointment is a step toward full democracy in Israel.

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By WCG, January 29, 2007 at 9:04 am Link to this comment
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Funny - but very, very sad - how every small step forward is immediately denounced by angry fanatics. Do you expect the world to change - instantly, miraculously - into your own idea of utopia?

A step forward is GOOD. You may wish that the step was farther, you may have hoped for more steps, but any step forward is a good thing. At least it’s not a step backwards.

Look at these posts. There’s a lot of hate here, isn’t there? Do you really think that hate is on one side only? Do you really think that only one side has reason to hate? The only way peace will ever come to the Middle East - except for the “peace” of the grave, and that’s forever - is for reasonable people on both sides to take small steps forward. We should WELCOME these small steps, and expect a positive response to them from the other side (whichever side initiates a step) so that any “peace process” may move forward.

Look at Northern Ireland. That should give us hope. It’s been a long time coming, and the process is still far from over, but they do seem to be making progress. It IS possible, clearly, though it’s never easy. Never quick. Never simple. And anger and prejudice do NOT help.

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By Clifton R. Mitchell, January 29, 2007 at 5:42 am Link to this comment
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CORRECTION:  Israel does not have a 20% Arab minority.  More precisely stated, Palestine has a 80% Jewish majority, attained through conquest of the Palestinians.

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By Fadel Abdallah, January 28, 2007 at 10:06 pm Link to this comment
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An Arabic proverb says: “The mountain shock and swung to give birth to a little mouse.” This petty-mindedness is the only thing that the so-called Israeli democracy is capable of producing!

Even Saddam Husain had a Christian as foreign minister (secretary of state) for so many years till the American invasion! Now they are all fanatic Shi’ites thanks to the so-called American democracy which keeps learning the cheap gimmicks from Israel.

This so-called Israeli Arab should be ashamed of himself for accepting to be used by Israel as a cheap propaganda tool! God damn it!

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By Mad As Hell, January 28, 2007 at 7:13 pm Link to this comment
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I guess this proves Israel is more bigoted against Moslem Arabs, than, say, Syria or Saudi Arabia are against Jews and Christian, or, for that matter Shi’ites.

Well, I’m sure all the anti-Israel posters here will find SOME way to “prove” this is racist.

And not one has EVER answered the question: Why are the Arab states surrounding Israel NOT held to the same standard they hold Israel too? Standards of freedom of religion, political expression, minorities being held apart and being treated as second class citizens.

NOT ONE of the Israel attackers have ever explained why they give places like Sudan a “pass” but not Israel.  Not one has ever shown how life for Arabs under Arab leadership is even as good as it is for Arab Israelis.

Not one. Ever.

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By Quy Tran, January 28, 2007 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment
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Minister without portfolio is just a phantom seat decorating for Zionist government. A big farce or big fart is the same !

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By Big Al, January 28, 2007 at 6:35 pm Link to this comment
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Oh, gee - how inspiring! He’s a member of the cabinet!

Of course, as an Israeli Arab, he is officially a “demographic problem”.

Every time he reproduces, he threatens the nation’s sacrosanct “Jewish character”.

If he marries a Palestinian from the West Bank, she can’t come to Israel proper to live with him. Why, she might have some threatening, un-chosen, inferior, dirty little Arab babies there!

They also couldn’t go live in a nice Israeli settlement in the West Bank, either, of course. Those are for Chosen People only.

They’d just have to go live in squalor with the other occupied peons and helots - or better yet, just disappear somehow - evaporate, perhaps.

But he doesn’t mind any of this, because he’s a good little Arab who eats Israeli shit and smiles!

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By Charles, January 28, 2007 at 5:34 pm Link to this comment
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Yes, Israel makes a move for better relations with Arab Israeli citizens.
If the Arab Palestinians would have stayed in Israel from 1948, they would not be in the situation they are in today.
Their own leaders are their worse enemy.
Down with Hamas, Fatah & hezbollah.

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