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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

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Added: Jan-16-2011 
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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
    (translatable to English)

    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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