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Palestinian defends Israel on South Africa campus
Published Tuesday 06/03/2012 (updated) 08/03/2012 14:05
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel has sent a delegation of 100 students to represent it in the annual Apartheid Week in South Africa, an Israeli newspaper reported Tuesday.

The report in Maariv noted one unusual participant in this year's delegation -- a 25-year-old Muslim Bushra Khalilieh, a member of Israel's Arab minority in the Galilee.

The newspaper said Khalilieh was attending university in one of South Africa’s university campuses. Khalilieh, who wears a hijab, came to Israel's defense during activities on campus.

"We toured Johannesburg and Cape Town’s campuses and met local students," she said.

"We spoke with them about Israel and I told them about my personal issue as an Arab girl living in Israel. I feel Israel to be my hometown where there’s equality and I have all my rights.”

"When students hear us, they are surprised as there are some who do not even know there are Arabs living in Israel. I, as an Arab Israeli girl, love my country and believe that it seeks peace and respects all its citizens.”

Khalilieh, a masters student at Tel Aviv University, stressed that she represents herself and not the position of the Israeli government.

“I represent myself as a Muslim Arab who lives in Israel as a liberal and free girl unlike other Arab girls who live in Arab countries and do not have the human rights I have like freedom of expression and dignity.”

She added: "There are people who are calling to boycott us and say that there is apartheid in Israel, but I try to show Israel as a country that’s different from what they think."
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1 ) AKeenReader / UK
06/03/2012 22:26
Has this girl been brain washed by Mossad or is infact a mossad agent un covert operation. She doesn't speak for palestinians nor for most Israeli Arabs living in Israel. She should contact her Israli Arab Kennest memembers who face discrimination in the Kennest.

2 ) Carlos / USA
06/03/2012 22:52
There is extremes in everything. She represents the 1% of Israeli Palestinians. The other possiblity is she is a plant or is being paid by israel to spread propoganda. She obviously doesn't live in the West Bank villages where their homes are bulldozed, and thier wells, cisterns, windmills, olive orchards and solar energy facilities are destroyed. Israel will not allow Palestinian homes on to the grid. She doesn't live in Gaza where the guard tower occasionally picks off children.

3 ) Freedom Calls / US
06/03/2012 23:26
Wow I've heard of people who were subjected to Apartheid in SA say that conditions in Gaza and the west bank are far worse .. the information is out there let's do something about it and give PEACE A CHANCE .. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ..

4 ) ed / usa
07/03/2012 00:24
what about the rest of palestinians that dont have that luxary?

5 ) Abu TRD / Palestine
07/03/2012 00:35
Anything is possible.

6 ) Uzi / Israel
07/03/2012 02:20
Wow!!!! A Pal paper publishes this??? I mean you gonna be killed by one of your fanatics for telling the truth.
Peace, no more wars.

7 ) ibrahim / arge
07/03/2012 05:35
definitely she is not Palestinian...thats alll!!!

8 ) Sam / USA
07/03/2012 05:51
Well I'm surprised Maan would post this. Which makes you think that if people think there are no Arabs living in Israel, then how can Israel be an 'apartheid state'? I mean you have to have minorities to discriminate against them, right? You can't have it both ways.

9 ) Guest / United Kingdom
07/03/2012 07:09
G-d bless Khalilieh. :)

10 ) Philly / Palestine
07/03/2012 08:02
Tell the 3.5 million Palestinians living under a brutal military occupation in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza that there is no apartheid.... Bushra, just because you dont see it, doesnt mean it doesnt exist. What a horrible way to make acareer for yourself, by selling out the suffering of your own people. Just ad Netanyahu said, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck. You cant turn a blind eye to the very real apartheid alike status on the Westbank.

11 ) Ben Barka / Tanzania
07/03/2012 09:27
Does she also support Israeli attempts to transform itself into Jewish homeland? Does she then support Israelis (like Liberman) who call for ethnic cleansing, throwing out Arab Israelis? By the way, tell us Miss, how many Israeli Arabs are ministers, army generals and ambassadors in Israel?

12 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
07/03/2012 10:05
Thank you Maan News for this story that helps disprove the false "apartheid" propaganda. See what a black South African elected official has to say about whether or not there is "apartheid" in Israel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se5xTh8uwyo&list=HL1330932667&feature=mh_lolz

13 ) Ben Barka / Tanzania
07/03/2012 11:20
What happened to my comment?

14 ) Jack / England
07/03/2012 12:36
is she named after President Bush? ; he spoke bollocks too.

15 ) Marty C / Australia
07/03/2012 13:42
we will see more of this support when we destroy hamas/hizbollah, these iranian proxies are using the arabs for their own purposes. hamas/hizbollah are evil idolatrers and will be destroyed.

16 ) southparkbear / usa
07/03/2012 14:49
blocked like mine Ben #13

17 ) Amir / UK
07/03/2012 16:04
She speaks the truth. Show me 1 Arab country where women have more rights than in Israel.

18 ) Annette / Ireland
07/03/2012 16:15
Wow, this is amazing. Finally, an Israeli Arab saying the truth. That living in Israel, although not perfect, is a good thing for everyone, certainly for a Muslim woman. She is studying, she is a part of the country, she gets more rights than she, as a Palestinian, would receive anywhere else in the Middle East. Good for her. And if people who went through the Apartheid in SA say that Gaza is worse, they are probably faking it. Go girl, spread the truth and how great Israel is in so many ways!

19 ) George / Palestine
07/03/2012 17:10
This B*** should just VISIT Gaza or Just PASS through the hundreds of checkpoints . Propoganda !! she doesnt know anything

20 ) elzeide / Argentina
07/03/2012 18:58
She speaks the truth. Show me 1 Arab country where women have more rights than in Israel. People who went through the Apartheid in South Africa and says that Gaza is worse, I'm sure they are faking it. Please girl, GO and spread the truth with some good things and some bad also, but please the truth !

21 ) carine / UK
07/03/2012 19:08
Smacks of desperation when 100 students have to be dispatched to spread propaganda. Some people will do anything for a free trip. #12 - It disproves nothing. She is only one of 20% of Arabs living in Israel.

22 ) Susan / USA
07/03/2012 19:49
The comments here prove that the terrorists have done their job well. No matter how many times the facts are forcibly presented ("Arabs live better in Israel than in any *Arab* country"), they still scream about Arabs who are not citizens & all the other lies that the terrorists have been pushing for decades (Ok, the one about "Israel is worse than South Africa" is a new lie, & just as easily debunked: *actual* testimony from people who experienced SA tells the opposite).

23 ) R. Cross / RSA
07/03/2012 21:05
Her rights as an individual, her rights to her ethnic identity and her rights to her religion are guaranteed. in the RSA. This is the NORM in the RSA as it is in Israel. Try that in Lebanon,. Syria, Iran, Egypt........... GOD help us if those radicals try to introduce Sharia Law.....it will be the downfall of all those rights and only the brainless women will be allowed to live. Teaching of women will cease overnight along with all her other rights.

24 ) Freedom Calls / US
07/03/2012 21:10
I think President Carter said it best "Peace not Apartheid ". Israel is an APARTHEID STATE . PERIOD. to # 18 & 12 see what Desmond Tutu had to say about SA Apartheid and the Apartheid in the Occupied Palestine.

25 ) DBE / USA
07/03/2012 21:43
Nice to see a person willing to tell the truth about living free in Israel, especially now that Arab Winter has turned some countries into killing grounds and bastions of fundamentalism where women, especially, have few rights

26 ) Freedom Calls / US
07/03/2012 21:47
google womens rights in Israel see what comes up . Dont they get spit on or sent to back of the bus. always the double standard i see. one person how come there arent more ?.

27 ) Freedom Calls / US
07/03/2012 22:42
hey uzi.. your asking people who dont have a military for no more Wars ?.your sick right ?. thats so far out there . what about Rabin wasnt he killed by one of your fanatics.. what about the illegal settlers they arent fanatics ?. damm the worst kind ..beating on old ladys ,breaking their jaws ,shooting old men in the back for trying to go to their fields to try to feed their familys ... any American reading this should be tired of paying for this.. ITS APARTHEID , ITS EVIL ,ITS WRONG !

28 ) hahaha / r u deaf and blind?
07/03/2012 22:56
#17 well didn't u hear the latest events concerning women in israel? death threats, spitting, sagregation, etc....wow u r blined... isr isn't a good egzample...switzrland mayby... ps.it is funny how pro isr ppl r getting excited when 1 pal girl defends isr and they make her the only truth teller, but when a large number of jews show the isr atrocities they shout self-hating jews... those ppl r so funny!!that 1 girl won't change the facts about what isr is doing, sending a pal wont help their PR

29 ) yudl2 / US
07/03/2012 23:12
Nice story. Of course, she is a citizen of Israel, with all its faults. A different point of view might interest. The "Apartheid State" That Minorities Keep Struggling To Get Into
by Ramzi Abu Hadid
March 1, 2012 at 5:00 am
http://www.stonegateinstitute.org/2903/apartheid-state
Has Ashrawi, the self-declared human rights advocate, never heard of the thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip who try to infiltrate into Israel every morning in search of work and a better life

30 ) EDIVAR / Chile
07/03/2012 23:56
This article omitted the part that says her family and husband support what she's doing. Here's the original Maariv article: http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/343/521.html

31 ) Sonia / USA
08/03/2012 00:45
OMG, some people don't even know the difference between an Arab Israeli, and a Palestinian? But they see fit to comment on what they don't know! You go girl! Bring light into the world.

32 ) John / USA
08/03/2012 01:17
Sounds great, lets spread that same freedom to the West Bank and Gaza. Time for the one state solution.

33 ) hahaha / r u deaf and blind?
08/03/2012 02:05
#17 well didn't u hear the latest events concerning women in israel? death threats, spitting, sagregation, etc....wow u r blined... isr isn't a good egzample...switzrland mayby... ps.it is funny how pro isr ppl r getting excited when 1 pal girl defends isr and they make her the only truth teller, but when a large number of jews show the isr atrocities they shout self-hating jews... those ppl r so funny!!that 1 girl won't change the facts about what isr is doing, sending a pal wont help their PR

34 ) Amira / Canada
08/03/2012 02:46
I wonder if her family are living in a non-recognized bedouin village, and if she knows the name of he Palestinian village from before 1948. It is usual hat jewish soldiers or mossad disguised as civil Palestinians.

35 ) Yafa Fares / Ramallah
08/03/2012 10:17
so what ? do all Jews support Israel ? of course no , many Jews in the world think Israel is apartheid state . we are stronger :P

36 ) wow / u r a hypocrite
08/03/2012 13:18
#31- wow so u think that "Arab isr" is not a Pal? nice propaganda there.... it is nice how easy for u is to deny sob identity for political propaganda...

37 ) oh u didn't! / what the...??!!
08/03/2012 18:40
#31 hey! I am a PALESTINIAN living in israel- my family whose village was destroyed had to relocate to Nazareth... don't use mine or other Pals identity for your poor propaganda, ok? u jews have your own problems with defining your own identity properly so buzz off from our identity....

38 ) Shimon Z. Klein / Israel
08/03/2012 21:40
This is a rather interesting conclusion by an Israeli Arab lady. I am aware of the occupation and think that it is immoral and has caused much suffering to the Palestinian People. The two-state solution will never happen in the near or distant future and the time is more than ripe to discuss other alternative solutions that would be acceptable to both peoples. The conflict between the two peoples has reached a stale mate. Israel continues to build illegal settlements. Apartheid in Israel? No.

39 ) Mahmoud / Egypt
09/03/2012 11:20
i doubt the whole story

40 ) John / USA
09/03/2012 11:21
We need to hook this girl up with the "son of hamas" who is now living in the US. It is not hard to find people with wide ranges of ideas, no matter how wrong they are. Ignorance is present in every society. Seems she has fallen for the teachings of her Zionist masters.

41 ) ?? / ??
09/03/2012 13:19
#38...it is not only about settlements dude... dont simplify the problem, ok? example: read B'tselem reports on jewish only roads, stealing water, land grab, etc...there is lots and lots of it, not to mention the "legal" system....

42 ) Tunisian Jew / Diaspora
09/03/2012 16:17
@Mahmoud Isn't it the same with your false stories of benevolent treatment of Jews from Arab countries? Why don't you tell us the true history of the Jews from Egypt from 1948 to 1967. Yes there is apartheid in Israel, but I laugh at all the Arab Muslims that are trying to sell propaganda that their countries are egalitarian paradise. Riiiiiiiight.

43 ) your mishit there / US
09/03/2012 17:35
#42 it wasnt always good, buy it wasn NOTHING like isr is doing right know to Pals....what happed PARTLY to jews was only a reaction to what jews did to Pals...Yehuda Shenhav has criticized the analogy between Jewish emigration from Arab countries and the Palestinian exodus.Historian Segev stated:"Deciding to emigrate to Israel was often a very personal decision.Nor were they always subject to persecution, repression or discrimination in their native lands.They emigrated for a variety of reasons

44 ) your mishit there / US
09/03/2012 17:39
depending on the country, the time, the community, and the person.Iraqi-born Ran Cohen,a former member of the Knesset, said:"I have this to say:I am not a refugee.I came at the behest of Zionism...Nobody is going to define me as a refugee".Yemeni-born Yisrael Yeshayahu:We are not refugees. [Some of us] came to this country before the state was born.Shlomo Hillel:"I do not regard the departure of Jews from Arab lands as that of refugees. They came here because they wanted to, as Zionists!!!

45 ) your mishit there / US
09/03/2012 17:48
historian Y.Porath points out that the immigration of Jews from Arab countries to Isr, expelled or not,was the"fulfilment of a national dream".He also argues that the achievement of this Zionist goal was only made possible through the endeavors of the Jewish Agency's agents, teachers, and instructors working in various Arab countries since the 1930s.Zionist agents set off bombs to scare Iraqi and Egyptian Jews into leaving.not to mention how the Jews from Arab countries were treated in Israel

46 ) your mishit there / US
09/03/2012 17:56
Just as important, the context of these alleged provocations was acutely described by the late Rabbi Elmer Berger in letters he wrote on the basis of interviews with Jewish leaders during a trip to Baghdad in 1955:“Zionist agents began to appear in Iraq playing on a general uneasiness and indicating that American Jews were putting up large amounts of money to take them to Isr, where everything would be in apple-pie order.Similarly, the fate of the Jews of Egypt is often linked to Lavon affair

47 ) your mishit there / US
09/03/2012 18:03
The long-term and disrupted emigration of Moroccan Jews stands in stark contrast to the“flash flood”of Algerian Jews,most of who immigrated to Fr.after Algerian independence in 1962.Algerian Jews were more completely assimilated into Fr.colonial culture,but nevertheless historically attached to Muslim society. A.Chouraqui writes that“heavy pressure was applied(to Jews)from both sides in the hope of gaining both material and moral support-the vast majority of Jews remained passive in the struggle

48 ) your mishit there / US
09/03/2012 18:09
In his book The Gun & the Olive Branch, David Hirst describes in detail covert Israeli operations to scare Iraqi and Egyptian Jews into fleeing their homes for the "sanctuary" of Israel. Wilbur Crane Eveland, a former CIA operative, wrote about the 'Zionist crimes' against Arab Jews in Iraq...and so on and on and on...The disintegration of Jewish cultures in Arab societies was a complicated and by no means inevitable process that has been neither properly understood....

49 ) Tunisia Jew / The Diaspora
09/03/2012 20:28
#48 Not suprising, you minimise the suffering of Sefardi Jews. How is one Iraqi Jew, who didn't have a bad experience, qualified to speak for a Syrian or Libyan Jew? You should read Norman Stillman's "The Jews of Arab Lands in Modern Times" and your eyes will be opened to the truth of the cruel treatment. And as a Sefardi Jew whose parents were loyal Tunisians, your statement that Sefardi suffering was merely "a reaction to Palestinian suffering" truly disgusts me.

50 ) your mishit there / US
09/03/2012 20:40
read also David Green or Joel Beinin works on this subject.Segev summarizes the “messianic fervor” that led to “operation Magic Carpet” in Yemen in 1948-49, but also notes that the Jewish Agency emissary in Aden, “asked permission to prepare the Yemenite authorities to expel the remaining Jews from their country.”Discussions of the rapid emigration of Jews from Iraq in 1951 often focus on allegations of violent Zionist provocation, which are compelling but have not been completely substantiated.

51 ) your mishit there / US
09/03/2012 20:41
Isr scholar M.M.Laskier concludes his description of Moroccan emigration, which was prohibited by the Moroccan government from 1956 until 1961:“Whereas in Nasser’s Egypt, Jews and other minor.were expelled or encouraged to leave in 1956-57and subsequently as part of the national homogeneity campaign,oliticians frequently spoke of national heterogeneity, even though Jewry was often portrayed in the local press as being disloyal...authorities expected them to participate in nation-building

52 ) Tunisian Jew / the Diaspora
09/03/2012 21:15
#48 "the disintegration of Jewish cultures in Arab societies was a complicated..." Wow you sound like a Zionist propagandist talking about the Palestinians. There was nothing complicated about what happened to Syrian Jews from 1948 to 1992, what happened to Egyptian Jews during the 1967 War, or what happened to the Libyan Jews. 99% of a population don't just get up and leave their homelands on a whim. Let's be honest about both sides of the story.

53 ) truth hurts I see / who u want to fool?
09/03/2012 21:40
52pretending that nothing was written on the subject is doing nothing for you-there were expultions but not like jews did to Pals and many historians-as u can read israeli too said and wrote about that-many of them left because of jewish efforst-to compare what jews did to Pals to the situation of jews from arab states is an oversimplification and an attempt to justify what the jews did to Pals.the dude did write about throwing some jews out, he just wrote little-known facts,u just dont like it

54 ) yes / Calif.
09/03/2012 21:51
thank u #43 for all the interesting info! I read before about operation Magic Carpet. It is true that unlike the Jews, the Arabs did not have a plan for their expulsion, only part of the Jewish immigrants were expelled, not to mention the efforts of zionists to"convince"Jews to leave-there is more and more written about that. #52 if u don't recognize the representative of Knesset it's your problem and it was his official statement, in fact all the quoted ppl were representatives of the Knesset

55 ) Tunisian Jew / the Diaspora
09/03/2012 22:03
I agree that the treatment of Palestinians was worse. I never said otherwise. However, I would like more honesty about the treatment of Jews in Arab countries. I never attempted to justify the treatment of Palestinians. You were the one who attempted to justify the cruel treatment of Arab Jews by saying that it was "merely a reacting to Zionist treatment of Palestinians". THAT is an oversimplification.

56 ) yes / California
09/03/2012 22:04
for starters, since there are many other historian ppll should read on the subject: Tom Segev, Y.Porath, J.Beinin , as mentioned Laskier, or about The ringworm affair, the lost yemeni children in 1950s; also Depo Provera prescription controversy and many others... despite many efforts to treat jewish immigrants from arab states as 100% refugees is even by jewish historians contested...if one have problems with that it is only his problem not the facts...

57 ) Tunisian Jew / the Diaspora
09/03/2012 22:09
I agree that the treatment of Palestinians was worse. I never said otherwise. However, I would like more honesty about the treatment of Jews in Arab countries. I never attempted to justify the treatment of Palestinians. You were the one who attempted to justify the cruel treatment of Arab Jews by saying that it was "merely a reacting to Zionist treatment of Palestinians". THAT is an oversimplification.

58 ) Tunisian Jew / the Diaspora
09/03/2012 22:15
#54 "only part of the Jewish immigrants were expelled" So that makes it acceptable? Because it wasn't as bad? "all the quoted ppl were from the Knesset" Yes, and they were also all from Iraq. The experience of Iraqi Jews is not the experience of Syrian, Libyan, or Egyptian Jews. As a proud Jewish Arab who has no love for Israel, it disturbs me to see you marginalise us, because we "didn't have it as bad as Palestinians." We aren't related to the Palestinian situation at all!

59 ) truth hurts I see / who u want to fool?
09/03/2012 22:27
oh and by little-known facts I mean little-known facts among ppl not so interested in history (feeling safe in old-good propagadna), as one can see many historians cut the bs and start writing about facts, even politicians stop spreading that cheap propaganda that most Jews were expelled, some yes but not all and not majority- if sb has problems with those facts it is only his problem... jews on the other hand planned the Pal expulsion, even razed entire villages (latest research=over 400!!)

60 ) Tunisian / the Diaspora
09/03/2012 22:44
#56 lol I don't have a problem with the facts, actually both of you corroborated my statements much more than expected. You both admitted that there was poor treatment and some were expelled. Most Palestinian supporters deny this history completely. Arab Jews are not 100% refugees, I agree. But do not deny that even if some left willingly, that many were forced to forfeit all of their wealth and property upon leaving.

61 ) truth hurts I see / who u want to fool?
09/03/2012 23:09
oh and by little-known facts I mean little-known facts among ppl not so interested in history (feeling safe in old-good propagadna), as one can see many historians cut the bs and start writing about facts, even politicians stop spreading that cheap propaganda that most Jews were expelled, some yes but not all and not majority- if sb has problems with those facts it is only his problem... jews on the other hand planned the Pal expulsion, even razed entire villages (latest research=over 400!!)

62 ) Colin Wright / USA
09/03/2012 23:24
Re many of the pro-Israel posts. That so many so eagerly participate in a lie so blatant is depressing. Toss you a cookie -- any figleaf at all -- that will allow you to disguise the truth from yourselves and you snap it up. You WANT to be lied to. You're so eager to believe 'the Jews are only being resettled in the East.' Show you the car with the agricultural implements attached to the back of the train and you positively fall over yourselves to accept it. It's pathetic.

63 ) Colin Wright / USA
09/03/2012 23:28
re your mishit #44 'Shlomo Hillel:"I do not regard the departure of Jews from Arab lands as that of refugees. They came here because they wanted to, as Zionists!!!' That touches on one of the many, many depressing ironies of Israel: almost no one actually WANTED to go. Historically, the Zionists have never been able to draw more than a tiny fraction of those Jewish populations that were actually secure where they were. Count, for example, the total number of immigrants from the US and Canada

64 ) Tunisian Jew / the Diaspora
11/03/2012 17:19
#63 You are correct, no one wanted to go, especially Sefardi/Mizrahi Jews, the majority of whom were opposed to the Zionist movement. Arabs made a grave mistake in treating their Jewish compatriots as enemies as opposed to loyal citizens. We would have been a powerful ally in the Palestinian cause.

65 ) Mike Altman / Israel
11/03/2012 18:43
It is pretty amazing to read some of these comments. Before you hate a country or its people I would think an important prerequisite would be to come and visit us. We are definitely not perfect but nothing like what you are saying. Come and visit Israel and see for yourselves. South Africa now has reverse apartheid - I grew up there and we left because of it 42 years ago. Israel is definitely not an apartheid state.

66 ) Gerhard / South Africa
11/03/2012 20:11
She speaks the truth. Watch http://honestreporting.com/ to see how the media is actively involved in anti-Israel propaganda.

67 ) Colin Wright / USA
11/03/2012 21:39
Mike Altman #65 'Israel is definitely not an apartheid state.' You got that right. Apartheid was all about creating 'bantustans' -- separate, dependent Black states like Transkei, etc. Israel's not about to permit the Palestinians any such thing.

68 ) Colin Wright / USA
11/03/2012 21:44
To Tunisian Jew: It's good to occasionally see someone who is prepared to let facts share the stage with ideology.

69 ) Tunisian Jew / the Diaspora
12/03/2012 04:16
#68 I don't know what ideology you are referring to. I don't have any affection for Zionism, however I do want the true story of Sefardim/Mizrahim to be known, and not white-washed. If you are conflating me being proud to be Jewish with Zionism, that is ignorance on your part.

70 ) David / RSA
12/03/2012 18:16
#67 Colin Wright Why should they permit the Palestinians such a thing? Would you let a tiger out of its cage thats threatening to tear you to pieces?

71 ) David / RSA
12/03/2012 18:21
It is so sad that this happened. If the Palestinians had not imbibed their Hitlerian hatred of the Jews from Arafat’s grand-dad (or was it his uncle?), they could possibly be now enjoying today a peace and a prosperity of life that is unrivaled in the Arabic world. But they foolishly have allowed themselves to become pawns of a vast anti-semitic hate-fest, and in doing so, they are coming off second best.

72 ) David / RSA
12/03/2012 18:21
I really feel sorry for the peace-loving, just-want-to-get-on-with-life refugee (I am sure there must be some like this), who inevitably gets caught up in the cross-fire, or gets pulled in as a human-shield by inhuman Hamas monsters.

73 ) Truth Will Win / Luxor
12/03/2012 18:33
She is brave and honest girl. May God bless her.

74 ) David Zakout / Sepharad
12/03/2012 20:28
People here fail to understand there is a large difference between the life conditions for Muslims inside the 1967 borders and the reality outside these border, where you find much more violence and discrimination. This is the reason why this girl doesn't feel so affected by the harsh conditions that Muslims in Gaza, Nazareth, Bethlechem, Nablus and Ramallah have to endure. The conflict is much more felt in these areas.

75 ) Amir / Israel
12/03/2012 21:39
The reality is that those who hate Israel cannot stand to hear the truth about it. Just yesterday an Arab girl made it to the finals of a popular Israeli song show for young talents. The fact that she is an Arab does not faze anyone. In the last couple of years Arab women have represented Israel in international beauty pageants. The reality is that any Arab who wants to get ahead in Israel, can. One need only take note of how many Arabs are doctors, lawyers, pharmacists and accountants

76 ) ex-Israeli / Israel
12/03/2012 23:06
I am Israeli and I can tell you in confidence Israel is an Apartheid State. Do not fall for this trick. This girl is an Israeli Arab, a second class citizen who is systematically discriminated in Israel's caste system. However, the vast majority of Arabs under Israel's rule, the Palestinians, have no rights whatsoever and live under Israel's rule without any basic human rights. They are colonized, their lands are taken, they have no laws protecting them. This is much worse than Apartheid.

77 ) David Zakout / Sepharad
12/03/2012 23:26
The reality is that most Muslims and Christians inside the 1967 borders of Israel and those living in its proximities are essentially a progressive combination of Israelites, Assyrian, Circassian, Armenian, Persian, Babylonian, Egyptian, Arabian and Yemenite origins. They also have a claim in the land of Israel but since the war back in 1948 and then again in 1967, those who were left ouside were forced to live in very harsh conditions.

78 ) David Zakout / Sepharad
12/03/2012 23:40
The Zionist leaders never cared much about their well being but neither did their foreign leaders in Egypt, Arabia and other states of the Middle East. After the war in 1967, they left the people of Gaza and the western areas of the Jordan river on their own. They haven't done much to improve the life conditions of the war refugees. In fact, it seems they're determined to keep them in their camps only for the sake of propaganda against the Israelites.

79 ) Gary Katz / USA
13/03/2012 02:56
Most people commenting here against Israel show an appalling level of ignorance about the country. Example, ethnic cleansing. Gaza has been ethnically cleansed... of Jews. Mahmoud Abbas declared that a Palestinian state won't allow Jews. Any of you critics know the official penalty for a Palestinian selling his land to a Jew? Death. Israeli Arabs (citizens) are differentiated from Arabs in the disputed territories. But Palestinians in Arab countries suffer worse discrimination. Ask any.

80 ) Mordecai Ben Natan / Israel & South Africa
15/03/2012 16:59
I wont answer all those who "know" so much about Israel.
Most have never been there, and have been brain washed (if they have a brain).
Someone said that Jews want to call Israel a jewish State. HEY you idiot. What do you think it is?
It was voted by UN declaration as a Jewish State. So was it declared a Jewish State m0re than 4000 years ago, by G-d..
Abbas the terrrorist Arafat ina suit, said he will not recognize israel as a Jewish state.

81 ) Kris Kristian / South Africa
15/03/2012 17:46
Strange how people minds are warped as to the truth.
Abbas has said he will not accept Israel as a Jewish state. He wants Israel to take in 4 million Arabs who have nothibng to do with Israel. Jhe jewish sate was reborn in 1947 by UN ac t. However it was given to the Jews 4000 years ago. Far longer than, what NEWT GINGRICH rightly said "the PAlestinains are an invented people"

Some commenaters . Some have made the ignorant comment Attempt to make Israel a Jewish state.

82 ) Rodney / New Zealand
18/03/2012 00:14
WOW, you wouldn't believe it. All those anti-Israel statements (anti-Semetic anti-Jews & Muslim as well). It's obvious they haven't been to Israel to see for themselves how the Arabs live as FREE People with full HUMAN RIGHTS as Bushra had mentioned. Muslims also are found in the IDF serving their country ISRAEL, - shock, shock to those who think they know it all. Ok you gutless wonders - just go to Israel and see for yourselves and throw the 'blindness' away and re-educate yourself.

83 ) Catherine / Canada
12/03/2014 01:14
I was a believer, once upon a time, in the 'apartheid' story. It got so bad I hated Israel. Then, I started doing some Internet research and lo and behold, Israel is a beautiful place that accommodates all kinds of people, no apartheid. Jews living w/Muslims w/Christians w/gays... it's wasn't what I had been listening to repeatedly. What a fool I was. Can't wait to visit Israel. Peace.
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