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Arab villagers in A-Taibeh struggle to be accepted as Israelis

Residents of MK Hanin Zuabi's hometown have disassociated themselves from her anti- goverment politics.

By Meirav Arlosoroff
12.01.11

A-Taibeh (not to be confused with the city of Taibeh) is a secluded a village at the foot of Mount Gilboa - well-maintained, with wide streets, neatly laid out sidewalks and an impressive, blue-and-white mosque on the central square. Were it not for the mosque and the typically Arab architecture, you might be misled by the infrastructure to think the community was Jewish. It's an Arab village, home to 1,750 residents, who are proud that it has been on this spot for 250 years. They also take pride in belonging to one extended family, the Zuabi clan.

Its most prominent member is MK Hanin Zuabi (Balad), who is known for her extreme anti-government politics and her presence on a ship in the flotilla that sought to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza in May. Zuabi's Balad party received broad electoral support in the last Knesset elections. It's not every day that a member of the clan runs for parliament. Now, however, two years after the elections, the name Hanin Zuabi is loathed in the village. Throughout the meeting TheMarker had with village opinion leaders, both young and old residents said their electoral support for the MK was a mistake - one that won't be repeated. They dissociated themselves from her politics and begged that the clan's good name not be sullied because of her.

"The media is defaming the Zuabi family because of Hanin," I was told. "They're generalizing, as if all of us think and act like her, and it's not true. From our standpoint, Hanin is a passing phenomenon. You can't blame us for Hanin, just as we can't generalize and don't blame all the Jews for the views of [Foreign Minister and Yisrael Beiteinu leader] Avigdor Lieberman. From our standpoint, the Zuabi family is not being dragged behind Hanin. We have to live together, Arabs and Jews, so we have to work to find a common denominator between us."

In addition to its high physical standards, A-Taibeh takes pride in its fine educational facilities. Almost no one drops out of high school there, and 30% of A-Taibeh's high school graduates go on to higher education. Ten village residents are studying medicine, and a similar number are studying software engineering.

A prime complaint of village elders focuses on the absence of nearby places of employment and the fact that some of the major employers in the area, the Beit She'an Valley, refrain from hiring Arabs. They also express concern about rising crime in the Arab community, although A-Taibeh itself remains safe. The elders complain that the police don't' enforce the law vigorously enough in Arab areas.

But the biggest complaint of the village elders is that Israel doesn't like them enough.

In response to Lieberman's proposal that Israeli Arab areas be transferred to the Palestinians, one response in A-Taibeh was: "But we want to be Israelis in the full sense of the word."

Why did they vote for Hanin Zuabi's Balad party? The response was as follows:

"The vote for the Arab MKs is an expression of government policy toward us. What do we as Arabs expect from [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu? Not a lot. As Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians, we are loyal to our country, want to be Israeli, and want the Jews to accept us, plus we feel the pain of the Palestinian people. We've had enough of the suspicion all the time that we are traitors. When it comes down to it, we are looking for a suitable representative in the Knesset who will speak in the name of Israeli Arabs and will look after infrastructure, education and health - all the things that are important on a daily basis."

In retrospect, the days of the premiership of Yitzhak Rabin were the glory days of Israeli Jewish-Arab relations. In addition to the hope at the time for peace, this is attributable to two aspects of Rabin's policy toward Israeli Arabs. He treated them with respect and he saw to it that money was invested in Arab villages for infrastructure, education, health and employment. When these policies were not pursued after Rabin's assassination, it caused a serious break in relations between Israeli Arabs and their state, as well as frustration that led to the riots of October 2000.

Residents of A-Taibeh say such frustration does not exist in the village.

They even express willingness to swear loyalty to the state. Their moderation can apparently be attributed to the improved state of the village and the fact that A-Taibeh is part of the Gilboa Regional Council, which is a model of equality for the rest of the country.





http://english.themarker.com/arab-villagers-in-a-taibeh-struggle-to-be-accepted-as-israelis-1.336520


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  • As long as the A-Taibeh remain members of the cult of islam they are committed to lie, infiltrate, and kill all non-muslims.

    So just who in the non-muslim world would want these 7th century, inbred savages living next door to or working with them?

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    • lol :)

      i guess this note in particular was for the israeli readers. or somthing like that.

      but anyway- there is the arab large town of Taibeh, located in center Israel, just attached to the green line and close to the palestinian city of Tul- Karem.

      the village in the article is located in northern israel.

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  • they're just talking about loyalty etc because they're afraid that with the changing attitudes in israel, they'll be unified with the WB and start living like their cousins in jenin.
    i checked out the voting results from 2008.

    http://www.knesset.gov.il/elections/asp/cityresults.asp?id=497
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    44% of their votes went to the arab parties, 50% if you count Meretz ;) , which is fine by me, but the arab parties are anti-zionists, anti-israeli gov.. basically, they'll getting More..

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    • i know you were half-kidding but cmon, meretz is not an arab party...

      do you read hebrew?


      what really amuzes me is that 16 votes were given there to the "united jeiwsh torah".... lol!!! :)

      and 14 votes to jewish relligious Mafdal... ha ha :)

      and...... 26 votes for ortodox Shas...... wtf?????

      one voted for the casino party (making gambling legal) and one for the green leaf party (making grass legal)....

      only 3 voted for the green ecological parties- i cant get how More..

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    • of course i was half kidding (but also half serious).
      and, i do read hebrew.

      i also found the votes for mafdal, shas and yehadut-hatora perplexing to say the least.

      but on a serious note, i think it would be best for everyone if they become part of the WB, they would cease to be a minority, and the benefits for israel are obvious (the name Hanin Zuabi says it all, even her village thinks she's a cunt).
      i honestly wish them all the best.

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  • arabs for show

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  • Further evidence that in the right circumstances, Arabs and Jews can live happily together under the same roof...

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  • What does "Arab" have to do with anything? Why are these disputes always reported as "Arabs", versus Jews? It's comparing apples and oranges. One is genetic, and ethnicity, a birth trait, the other is an ideology, a religion. Is there some magical "Arab" chromosome that makes them oppose Jews?

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    • I don't think it is an Arab chromosome. Just about every civilisation Jews have come in contact with has taken one look and said not-in-my-backyard!

      There are a few pockets of Jews who live in peace - Sephardic ones usually. The Ashkenazi - quite another story.

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    • Okay Adolf. Or, is it Mohhamad? Yeah, people tend to resent those who are more successful than they are. Which is the only reason that the Palestinians want Israel. Because something has been built there that they have zero ability to build for themselves. Modernity, civilization.

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    • I think you'll find the Palestinians liked the way the place as before 1948. They got rather unhappy being turfed out and not permitted to return to the land they owned after the war. At all went downhill from there.

      Now if you'll excuse me, I have a net-hookup with my Hezbollah paymasters to plan the next internet attack. BRB in 60.

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    • I think you'll find that all Islamic societies have one thing in common. They're backward. They aren't held to modern standards, because people have long since stopped expecting them to meet those standards. They enslave women, and decapitate infidels, and lynch gays in public. And nobody says anything about it, because they're not expected to behave like modern humans. If it weren't for what the modern world provides them, they wouldn't have anything more modern than bronze-age "technology More..

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    • You don't get out much do you?

      Have a look at Malaysia for example. A modern industrialised Islamic nation that tolerates ethnic minorities (Chinese & Indian).

      It has an excellent health system and education system and a well-equipped and disciplined military.

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