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The dilemma of Arab discontent within Israel

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Submitted by Gerald A. Honigman (United States), Apr 2, 2012 at 20:52

Justice must always be seen as a relative term in the realm of man.

Of the 21 states in the "Arab" League (with # 22 having observer status but still in the oven), many have millions (scores of millions in total) of non-Arab peoples who pre-date the Arabs themselves in those lands.

Compare the "plight" of Israeli Arabs to Kurds in Syria (and possibly Iraq, once again, if things go sour), Copts in Egypt, the Amazigh and Kabyle ("Berbers") in North Africa, black Africans (Muslim and non-Muslim) in the Sudan, native "kilab yahud" (Jew dogs) who have not already fled for their lives from "Arab" lands, Assyrians, and so forth--and one finds that there is really no comparison.

Would not 35 million Imazighen prefer their own independence instead of their subjugation at the hands of Arabs to the point where they frequently cannot practice their own culture nor speak their own language?

Jabotinsky addressed this beautifully back in 1937 when he testified in London and spoke of relative rights in the region...Here's some excerpts:

"It is not a hardship on any race, any nation possessing so many National States now and so many more National States in the future. One fraction, one branch…and not a big one, will have to live in someone else's State: Well, that is the case with all the mightiest nations of the world…That is only normal and there is no 'hardship' attached to that. So when we hear the Arab claim confronted with the Jewish claim, I fully understand that any minority would prefer to be a majority...It is quite understandable that the Arabs…would also prefer Palestine to be the Arab State No. 4, No. 5. or No. 6 (# 22 in 2012)…but when the Arab claim is confronted with our Jewish demand to be saved, it is like the claims of appetite versus… starvation."

I get into this quest for relative justice in the region big time in my own book (with Daniel's comments on the back jacket cover)... http://q4j-middle-east.com


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