On Israel’s new economic budget, and how it aims to push Arab women and Haredi men to find jobs
“In the case of Arab women, this isn’t just wrong, it’s offensive. The government has invested in industrial parks for Jewish towns but for very few Arab ones. Public transportation to Arab communities is sparse. In Arab schools, classes are larger and schooldays are shorter. Far fewer Arab than Jewish two-year-olds are in preschools—which give children an educational head start and their mothers an opportunity to work. Thousands of Arab women who have nonetheless made it through the educational obstacle course and graduated from universities or teachers colleges are looking for jobs. If the government thought rationally about getting Arab women to work, it would invest in daycare centers, schools, and industry in Arab towns. It could also insist that Jewish schools hire Arab teachers.”
“If the Palestinians had been expelled from their land, as they had maintained already in 1948, the international community would view their claim to return to their homeland as justified.
“However, Ben-Gurion believed, if it turned out that they had left ‘by choice,’ having been persuaded by their leaders that it was best to depart temporarily and return after the Arab victory, the world community would be less supportive of their claim.”
- Shay Hazkani in the essay linked below. The author is a doctoral student in history at the Taub Center for Israel Studies at New York University.—
This post would’ve been fine had you not tagged it “#jewish bullshit.” Not all Zionists are Jews. Not everyone who supports Israel is Jewish. Not all Jews support Israel. Zionism isn’t necessarily stateist.
The history of the Israel-Palestine conflict is brutal, yes, but it is also COMPLEX and COMPLICATED and convoluted as all fuck. You don’t seem to realize that people will leave their homes voluntarily during wartime, for example, or that the movement of both Palestinians and Israelis was not uniform at all. (It’s a pretty standard reaction to being caught in a war zone!)
But most importantly of all, when you stick a phrase like “jewish bullshit” on a post about Israel-Palestine, you are being anti-Semitic, because you are blaming not just all Jews, but Judaism itself, in an issue on which there has never, ever been a Jewish consensus.
Also what a ridiculous argument. Is Shay Hazkani really trying to say that the world community is always just and ready to support the victims of injustice? We should all know better.
Gross Anti-Semitism from one person and baseless anti-Palestinian rhetoric from another in one post.
articles like these make me sad
A very powerful article. And yes, sad and shameful.