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On January 11, 2007 Tibi participated in a large gathering in Ramallah which marked the 42nd year of the founding of Fatah. Tibi called upon Fatah’s terrorists to continue their struggle against Israel , “Until all of the Palestinian land is freed.” And, he used the occasion to accuse Israel of murdering Arab babies saying, “They want to eliminate the Palestinian children, the women and the elderly, en route to the elimination of the ideas of Palestinian freedom and liberty.” In September 2011, Tibi served as a member of the Palestinian Authority’s UN delegation, led by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, during which it submitted its request for UN acceptance of “Palestine “as a full member state.
It was during the Second Lebanon War in 2006 that the Arab-Israeli leadership lost all restraints regarding their hostility to the Jewish State. Many Israeli-Jews who had hoped that the improved socio-economic conditions of Israeli-Arabs (whose lifestyles are far better than that of other Arabs throughout the Middle East), would help to insure their loyalty to the State. The lessons of this war included the realization by Israeli-Jews that what the Israeli-Arabs wanted was the destruction of the Jewish character of Israel. A poll conducted by Haifa University on March 18, 2007, and reported in the left-leaning Ha’aretz newspaper, indicated that 48 percent of Arab-Israelis believed that Hezbollah’s rocket attacks on towns in northern Israel during that war were justified, even though numerous Arabs were killed and wounded in those attacks. The poll also showed that 28 percent of Israeli-Arabs did not believe the Holocaust happened and, among high school and college graduates, the figure was even higher – at 33%. 89 percent said they viewed Israel’s bombing of Lebanon as a war crime.
Sami Smoocha, the Haifa University sociologist who conducted the survey said that “One would have expected more pro-Israeli results among Israeli-Arabs due to the uniqueness of the most recent war: a war with no involvement of the Palestinians, a war in which the lives and belongings of Israelis were endangered, a war against an Islamic fundamentalist group that most of them don’t support.” Ahmed Tibi response to the results of the poll by saying that “usually there is no empathy for the aggressor,” which Tibi said was Israel.”
In May 2007, the Mossawa Center – an Arab-Israeli advocacy group – published a document that demanded changes to Israel’s national symbols including the national anthem – HaTikvah. An earlier December 2006 document by the National Committee for the Heads of Arab Local Authorities in Israel, characterized Israel as being a country with no right to exist. Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, calls for a bi-national state and multiculturalism in Israel in its document titled “The Democratic Constitution.” Adalah demands that Israel recognize the injustice suffered by the Palestinian people and recognize the right of the Palestinian refugees based on UN Resolution 194.
Israeli-Arab leadership figures including Justice Jubran and MK Ahmed Tibi do not wish to live under Hamas or Palestinian Authority control. Yet, they have not reconciled themselves to the idea that Israel is the homeland of the Jews. Conversely, Jews as a minority have always recognized and shown loyalty to those states and/or countries in which they lived, and to its symbols.
The Israeli-Arabs must come to the realization that a Jewish state will be defended by the Jewish majority and therefore they must either join a future Palestinian State or accept a Jewish State and its symbols. While the State of Israel does not compel Arabs to serve in Israel Defense Forces, loyalty to the State of Israel is a requirement that must not be overlooked.
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