Marrakech - Israeli newspaper Haaretz has called out the Israeli Population, Immigration, and Borders Authority (PIBA) for failing to publish Arab children’s names in its most recent list of facts on the state of Israel.
Marrakech – Israeli newspaper Haaretz has called out the Israeli Population, Immigration, and Borders Authority (PIBA) for failing to publish Arab children’s names in its most recent list of facts on the state of Israel.
On PIBA’s list of most popular children’s names, Yosef, Daniel, Uri, Itai, Omer, Adam, Noam, Ariel, Eitan, and David are present, but Mohammed is not. However, Mohammed is the most popular children’s name in the state of Israel, Haaretz pointed out.
PIBA said it did not intend to suppress information, and according to Haaretz this is not a case of racism but of denial. It hides the inconvenient fact that the Arab population both in Israel and in the Palestinian State is beginning to grow larger than the Jewish population. This was a courageous piece of journalism by Haaretz, reminding us that some Jewish people may be able to recognize the truth even if the Israeli state cannot.
One wonders if the recent bombardment of Gaza against unarmed civilians was an attempt to even the balance. It was, by any standards, a disproportionate response, given the fact that Hamas was firing rockets into Israel. It defies belief that a people who suffered the worst kind of Nazi brutality could perpetrate a similar aggression with tanks and bombs against an unarmed people.
Granted, Hamas forces were hidden amongst the population, but the maelstrom unleashed on ordinary Palestinian men, women, and children may at last have stirred the world’s conscience.
Such indifference to civilized standards, whether in Syria, Iraq, or Gaza, is still a violence that destroys civilization and builds resentment and hatred for generations. The Zionists continue to seize Palestinian land, and the West, especially the United Kingdom, allowed and enabled them to do it. This is a real blind spot.
President Mahmoud Abbas called it genocide, but if you won’t go with that, ethnic cleansing might also apply. What is certain is that after this latest attack on Gaza, things will never be the same. We all have to bear witness to this atrocity and injustice whenever we can.