Stolt israel – och beduin
Dagens citat – del 25 (090110)
Som jag skrev i det föregående inlägget har den pågående operationen för att stoppa Hamas åtta år gamla krig mot Israel ett brett stöd i Israel. Inte bara judar, utan även druser och beduiner sluter upp bakom Operation Gjutet Bly.
Hatets apostlar talar om Israel som en apartheidstat. Här är en annan åsikt, från Ismail Khaldi, israelisk beduin:
Two years ago, a few proud Bedouin Israeli citizens like myself asked: what is our position and status in the State of Israel in the midst of its current situation? After all, Bedouins are part of Israel’s success story. During current times, when Israel is being attacked and accused of being a racist state, an ‘aggressor and an oppressor’, we decided that the smallest and probably most effective thing we could do is to spread our story as part of Israeli society.
I, Ishmael Khaldi, am Israeli. I served with the IDF, with the Israel police, and with the Israeli Defense Ministry. In the last year, I have lost two Bedouin friends on army duty (God bless their memory) defending the State of Israel. My friends and family feel that we have a common destiny with the Jewish people in Israel: our grandparents created this land with Jewish immigrants who arrived during the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s to build a democracy.
Because of this connection to the State of Israel, I cannot stand on the sidelines during Israel’s time of need. I feel that I must speak up and be heard.
I had heard much about the struggle of pro-Israel student activists, attempting to counter the unbalanced, biased and false accusations made against Israel. I had not come to North America to preach that Israel was perfect. As all Israelis know, Israel has problems like all nations of the world. Still, many students tried to stop me from speaking. There were even students who had the audacity to compare me to Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister, making false claims that I was doing the same for Israel.
History will not tolerate us if we keep our voice silent. We must roll up our sleeves once again to build a better future for Israel and all of its loyal citizens. Israel’s right to exist is my right and my people’s right, just as Israel’s destiny is our destiny.
Khaldi said his family’s ties with its Jewish neighbors go back to the days of the early Zionist pioneers from Eastern Europe who settled in the Galilee region in the 1920s.
”From the late 1920s until 1948 when the state was established, the first pioneers came and lived mainly in the north, building kibbutzim,” or collective farms, Khaldi said. ”The people who came were very sophisticated. They were mainly Yiddish speakers… Local Bedouins established very close relations with them, even though they were two different cultures and two different worlds with almost nothing in common. It’s something that not many people know.
”My grandmother, who passed away only last year, spoke Yiddish. She was a shepherdess, she never went to school, but she had human contact almost every day with the people from (the next-door kibbutz) Kfar Hamaccabi. She worked with them while they were planting orchards.”