Hamad Amar also mentions religious freedom; a rather important point considering that the author is a Druze member of Israel’s parliament. And the Druze in Syria are being faced with the imposition of Sharia law by the Salafist Sunni invaders.
Amar begins by slicing through Ahmed Tibi’s op-ed in the same outlet claiming that Israel’s “Jim Crow” treatment continues.
Tibi and many other Israeli Arab politicians spend much of their term in office on lavish trips to meet with regional despots and repressive regimes, rather than representing the people who democratically elect them and pay their wages.
During the last Knesset, before the revolution in Libya, Tibi and other Arab Members of Knesset travelled to meet with former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Describing the visit to Gadaffi’s Libya as “wonderful,” these Israeli Arab MK’s were feted by the autocrat who discussed with his guests ways to end the existence of the State of Israel in its current form.
While the Syrian regime was massacring its people, another Arab Israeli Member of Knesset led a demonstration of support for Bashar Assad, claiming the Syrian leader was the “victim of aggression” even while the rest of the world stands aghast at his systematic butchery.
Amar makes the point that, “What is most noticeable in Tibi’s article is that he fails to provide even one example of what he claims is “discrimination.”
“In fact, the opposite is true.
In our whole region consisting of over 350 million Arabs, there are only 1,658,000 Arabs who have complete political and religious freedom and have the right to vote in full democratic elections.
“It is no coincidence that all of these Arabs live as full and equal citizens in the one Jewish State.”
Tibi would rightly point out that the Druze are a regional minority and are motivated to find an accommodation with Israel. Meanwhile Tibi and his colleagues, despite all the nonsense about Palestinian identity are part of a regional ethnic and religious majority that is uninterested in equality.
For the Druze, equality is a selling point. The only way that a minority like the Druze can survive in the region is by making an accommodation with another minority. That worked in Syria where the Druze backed the Alawites who have some religious overlap with them. Now that Syria is falling apart, that position may no longer hold.
With Lebanon’s coalitions a failure, Israel is the last regional working example of an alliance of minorities. This is exactly what the Sunni Arab majority rejects. It isn’t interested in equality no matter how often it throws around rhetoric about it. It’s interested only in supremacism.