by Moshe Sharon
Rebellion of the Israeli Arabs
On October 2000 the Arab citizens of
The pretext for the rebellion was the visit of Ariel Sharon, then an opposition Knesset member, to the
On 1 October, the Arabs of Israel, incited by their leaders who included Knesset members, joined in by launching a rebellion against the state. Arab mobs from towns and villages all over the country blocked major arteries in the country, in particular the main route traversing Wadi Ara, which connects the center of the state to the north. They burnt branches of the post-office, petrol stations, police stations, banks, and other public institutions as well as private Jewish businesses. Many innocent Jewish travelers, who fell into the hands of inflamed Arab youngsters, were almost beaten to death and one elderly Jew was killed by a stone thrown at his car. It took the police 3 days to overcome the first wave of violence, which was rekindled on October 7th and continued for another 3 days.
Only 13 Arabs were killed in crushing this rebellion, mainly because the police displayed great restraint in dealing with the rebels. Later, when a special committee of investigation was established by the government to investigate the events, it blamed the police for not showing more restraint!
The internal Arab danger ignored
These events and the Israeli reaction to them represent the main problem of the State of Israel in a nutshell: Since its establishment it has hidden its head in the sand, refusing to face the fact that a mighty enemy has been growing within it, threatening its very existence.
The committee that investigated the "Events of October" concluded, among other things that they were the outcome of the state's discrimination against the Arabs. The truth of the matter is that in comparison to the Arabs in
The Israeli Arabs are represented by three parties in the Knesset that are elected in free, democratic elections. One of them is officially communist, one officially Islamic, and one "national-democratic" but as far as their attitude to
Wasil Taha is a Knesset member and represents the "National Democratic Alliance." He openly supported the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers by the Lebanese Hizballah terror group and Hamas terrorist group from
Bishara's declared policy is that
Muhammad Barakah, the head of the Arab Communist, party has declared: "I am not loyal to a state that is Jewish and Zionist … This is not a golden calf that I have to worship." This man swore allegiance to "the State of Israel and its laws" before he took his seat in the Knesset.
Ahmad Tibi is a member of the combined party of "The United Arab List" and "The Arab Movement for Renewal." The party represents the Islamic movement which sees itself as part of the Islamic front. For Islam, the disappearance of
Local Support for Saddam, Hezbollah and Hamas
When Saddam Husayn attacked
The most recent pronouncements coming from Wasil Taha and Muhammad Baraka, while
When the State of Israel was established, it declared that it would not discriminate between its citizens. The Arabs of Israel enjoy the services and environment of a modern country. They enjoy modern education, modern technology, modern medical services, and a high birth rate coupled with a negligible rate of infant mortality. Over the past 57 years the Arab community in
One of the old-time Arab politicians described the feelings of the Israeli Arabs saying: "
During the recent war of
While the war was going on, and thousands of Hizbullah rockets were falling indiscriminately on towns and villages all over the north of
When asked about this clear expression of support for the enemy in time of war MK Lieberman said:
"The Prevention of Terror Ordinance is clear and would permit the prosecution of most of the Arab Knesset members who spoke out in favor of the Hizbullah and justified the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers. The fact that the legal system does not deal with such cases is a sign the bankruptcy of law enforcement in the country."
After all is said and done, the danger for
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