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The Arab who saved my boy- By a Jewish settler mom

This Op-ed might be one of the most important items you have read this week

by Racheli Malek-Boda Published: 05.03.12

I remember the first time I realized that as a religious/rightist/settler I was expected to hate Arabs, or at least treat them as second-class citizens. It happened in high school, during a trip to Jerusalem. We passed through the Muslim quarter's market and I wanted to purchase a small drum. I finalized a good deal with the peddler, when suddenly one teacher called me over, and quietly whispered: "We shouldn't support the Arabs."



About six months ago, my partner and I decided to happily leave bourgeoisie life behind and move to a community located beyond the Green Line, for the sake of our children's future. We are Zionists who love the land, yet it was not an idealistic move. We simply liked what we saw, liked the people living there, and stayed.




Since then, I see them every day – cars packed with local Palestinian laborers undergoing security checks at the entrance to the community en route to our new construction project. I never gave much attention to them. It seemed natural to me that Arabs are building our community, until the week where this strange status quo shattered.



It happened when I was on the way to kindergarten with my child. I met a neighbor and stopped to talk to her, when suddenly he let go of my hand and ran to the road to look at a tractor driving in reverse. One of the laborers who saw him immediately leapt to the road and pulled my child away. "It's very dangerous here," he told me. "Lucky thing you were here," I responded, and added: "Thank you, you saved my child."



A day later, I left the community to go shopping and saw the same laborer waiting for a ride. Should I stop? I asked myself. It was a matter of seconds, and I just drove past him, leaving dust in my wake. "Chances are that he is a good person," I thought to myself later. "Yet his friends already murdered six hikers in the nearby wadi. I can't take a risk."






I see them every day. They dive into the water at the spring next to the community, cut my chicken breast at the supermarket, and pack my bags at the cash register. On the eve of Independence Day, one of them even wished me a happy holiday (how was I supposed to respond – "Have a good Nakba day?")



They are almost always nice, smiling, and provide excellent service. At times I can't help but ask myself: Why doesn't it work between us? Why are they good enough to fix my pipes and build my home, but are not reliable enough for me to give them a ride?



Why is it that every time I have a chance to return the favor, I'm thinking about horrific, racist scenarios such as: Maybe he's a terrorist? Maybe he's a rapist? Why is it that when the time comes to put my faith in people, I only trust Jews, as if there were never any rapists, murderers or criminals amongst us?




But that's life, and there's no justice. A large group of people that only want to live peacefully are forced to pay a heavy price for the actions of a small, dominant and bloodthirsty group. What do good Arabs look like? I don't know. I'm indifferent to all of them, including ones who truly don't deserve it.



Today, as is the case every day, I passed through the French Hill junction. Two Arab boys, apparently from the nearby village, cleaned the windshields of passing cars. Suddenly one of them walked over and started cleaning my windshield. "No, thanks. I washed my car yesterday," I told him.



"A shekel…" he whispered. "Just one shekel…" His face was full of scratches, and a huge scar adorned his neck. "In a different world, it could have been my own child at that junction," I thought to myself, and was shocked by the very thought. The light changed and people started honking. I quickly pulled out my wallet and grabbed a 50 shekel bill. "Do good things with it," I muttered to the boy.




I drove on, and wouldn't stop crying all the way to work.










http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4224464,00.html


Added: May-4-2012 Occurred On: May-4-2012
By: aydeo
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  • I decided to 'update' Fuck Sopa latest iterm since I want to dedicate this one to FS and his latest item of celebrations for a young guy who took his life:

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=fb5_1336080321

    watch both of them and decide for yourself- which path you choose to take...


    p.s- The original item by the settler mom also got very encouraging replies by other Israelis.

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    • @aydeo

      good to hear aydeo, nice post.

      and speaking about fuck sopa's post, you may have seen my comment celebrating his death.

      in a way i was celebrating, that is one less soldier that would harass the palestinians.

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    • @kanns01

      Who the hell told you he was going to harass Palestinians..?? Iv'e got news for you- MOST of the soliders in the West Bank DON'T harass Palestinians, but you will never hear about them, since this is a routine every day job. You only get to hear about the few who does.

      Then lets also celebrate when young American soldiers are being killed in Afghanistan...lets celebrate the death of thousands of American soldiers in Vietnam....

      Can you see where this shit is leading us...??? Hope More..

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    • @kanns01 - you have no idea what that soldier was doing in the army. you deduce from nothing that he was involved in any type of wrong-doing. let the dead rest in peace. i know it's hard for someone who sits and gloats by posing with tortured supposed *enemies* when they're not carpet bombing civilians with phosphorous bombs, but try to exert yourself, hypocrite.

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  • The higher road. Good for all.

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  • Every single day, every MINUTE, Arabs are being saved by Jewish doctors in Israeli hospitals, by their know-how, compassion and facilities - ALL across Israel. This is an old article but because time is short today I'll let it suffice - http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/140855. Y'all can do your own homework on the subject.

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    • @watercarrier

      what i do not understand is why the arabs and jews get along in society but both the jewish and arab leaders want to create a divide.

      historically jews and arabs have always lived peacefully for the most part together as neighbors. ever since the arab invasion of the land during the mid 600's, arabs welcomed back the jews that had been forced to leave by the Romans. Ever since that time they continued to live together, this all changed during the early 1900's.

      it is all opinion More..

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    • @kanns01 - you are absolutely right kanns01. For centuries Arabs and Jews did get along fine. More than fine. Great even. But there was always one sheikh, imam, some officer some where who always had to stir up trouble. Check it out in the bible. It's all there, from Pharoah to Amalek to Haman to current times with the inception of the so-called Muslim Brotherhood in cahoots with the Nazis and the variations of the PLO, Hamas etc. All serving, I might add, global agendas which would have Muslim More..

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    • @watercarrier

      ao are you saying there is no rabbi calling for the deaths of arabs.

      the shit is being stirred both ways.

      just let the people live their lives, the leaders of both sides want to stir up shit

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    • @kanns01 - Personally I've never heard any rabbi say this. What I have heard is the dictum "habah lehargecha hashkem lehargo - one who comes to kill you, arise early and kill him first." Derived from the Torah law of self defense against enemies.

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    • @kanns01 How to Wage War in Judaism. You might find the errors of your thinking clearer - http://azamra.org/TFTN/SHOFTIM.htm

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  • freejay would say that the arabs the lady meet are only a minority.

    but did you notice that she did not receive any hate from the arabs.

    while she had racist thoughts through out.

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  • Thanks.

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  • That's a good post aydeo. Stellar. It would be nice to hear more of this. Thanks for sharing. Voted. :)

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  • what a bunch of pointless, red herring, leftist propaganda...

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    • @VikingRapeSquad

      propaganda,?

      do you know the poster, he actaully lives there,

      what you want people to think that the arabs and jews are constantly killing each other,

      if you visit the area you would find that the arabs and jews live together in peace for the most part.

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    • @kanns01 - that's exactly what he wants.

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  • almost made me shed a tear. jews and arabs can live side by side and the regular citizens know that....its the fucked up governments on both sides that are greedy and corrupt and are responsible for everything.
    GREAT POST AYDEO!!

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  • Touching post aydeo.

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  • A very small sample, do not think this is the majority.

    Notice the mentality though, they are bred from youth to hate and not support Palestinians. Why?

    In the past post Israel, Jews and Muslims lived in peace with each other. It wasn't until the boat load of Zionists with their "ideals" came in and busted up the party. Everything since then has been a disaster.

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    • @mphatik

      Sorry,but your conceptions are so simplified and out of touch regarding the history here.

      "Evrything was so pinky and paradise till the evil zionists came...bom bom boooooom....."

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  • Is anyone else as sick of hearing about Muslims and Arabs as I am?

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  • wow a jew giving money for nothing.. fuck me, i nearly passed out.

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