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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 24, 2006 / 26 Iyar, 5766

Arab Israelis' major gains & growing pains

By Richard Z. Chesnoff


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Here's something of a shocker: Twenty percent of all Israelis are Arabs!


I'm not talking about the Gaza Strip or the West Bank, I'm talking about Israel proper. More than 1.3 million Israeli Arabs live in major cities, as well as scores of their own primarily Arab towns and villages.


Some are Christian, most are Muslim, all are full citizens of Israel. They are the children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren of Palestinian Arabs who were smart enough not to run during the 1948 Israeli War of Independence. Instead of becoming refugees living off an eternal United Nations dole, they stayed home, became citizens of the new state of Israel and for almost 60 years have enjoyed freedom and prosperity unknown to most other Arabs in the Middle East.


Israel's Arab population also represents a growing problem for both the Jewish state and itself. Despite their relative prosperity, despite the fact that they vote and have 10 members in the Israeli Parliament, Israeli Arabs are increasingly convinced that they are discriminated against — notably in state financial aid (which tends to be 50% lower in Arab towns than it is in Jewish ones).


This has resulted in a growing militancy among Israeli Arabs, who increasingly elect Islamic fundamentalists as their town officials. There have even been Israeli Arab citizens caught openly helping Palestinian terrorists.


While the link to suicide bombers is frighteningly new, estrangement is not. The proximity and accessibility to Palestinian populations in the West Bank and Gaza have raised Arab doubts about their status and triggered new Israeli fears about their Arab co-citizens. According to a recent human rights survey, 48% of Israeli Arabs said they don't trust Jews, and nearly 58% of Israeli Jews said they don't trust Arabs.

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A recent Israeli Supreme Court decision upholding a controversial Knesset security ban preventing Palestinians who marry Israeli Arabs from moving to Israel has not helped. To help fight this deterioration in relations and conditions, a broad coalition of American Jewish groups, including the UJA Federation of New York and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, has formed a new task force on Israeli Arabs. Working with both Israeli Arabs and Jews, they hope to bring the two communities closer to one another — and to convince the Israeli government to abandon its policies of economic neglect of and often de facto discrimination against its Arab citizens. "Israel will not be at peace externally," says Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents, "unless it has security internally."


Israel's Arabs themselves must make their own efforts, make their own choices. When a suggestion was made as part of peace negotiations that, in exchange for several West Bank settlements, some Israeli Arab villages become part of a Palestinian state, the first and loudest objections came from Israeli Arabs!


Still, they must come to grips forcefully with the fact that while Israel is their home, it is and will remain a Jewish state.

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JWR contributor and veteran journalist Richard Z. Chesnoff is a contributing correspondent at US News & World Report, a columnist at the NY Daily News and a senior fellow at the Washington-based Foundation for the Defense of Demoracies. A two-time winner of the Overseas Press Club Award and a recipient of the National Press Club Award, he was formerly executive editor of Newsweek International. His latest book, is "The Arrogance of the French: Why They Can't Stand Us & Why The Feeling Is Mutual". (Click on cover above to purchase. Sales help fund JWR. )

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