Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The Palestinians' latest weapon: Jewish Arabs

Revealed: the Palestinians' latest weapon in their demographic war against Israel - the Mizrahim, or Jews from Arab countries, who are really 'Jewish Arabs'.

Salim Tamari makes the improbable claim that there is already an Arab majority living in Israel and the Palestinian territories - if you include those Jews who like Arabic food and music. Of course they do vote for Likud in large numbers: that is because (surprise, surprise) they are self-hating Arabs!

"Most intriguing about this debate is the largely-ignored fact that Arabs already constitute a majority among Israeli citizens. This is one of the best kept secrets in the annals of contemporary Zionism. If we add the Palestinian Arabs to the vast number of Jews who come from Morocco and other Arab countries, we can see that Arabs constitute a plurality of any ethnic group in the country. Obviously those Arab Jews (Mizrahim) hardly identify with Palestinian independence and tend to be among the most vociferous supporters of right-wing parties and fundamentalist religious groups. To paraphrase Gore Vidal, they are self-hating Arabs. Nevertheless, they eat the same food, listen to the same music, and have cultural affinities similar to Palestinian Arabs. The systematic attempt by dominant Ashkenazi culture to de-Arabize this community has succeeded ideologically, yet failed to obliterate their "oriental features".

Well, that's a relief.

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