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Nearly half of Americans are cynical about politicians’ use of Israel, according to a new poll. “Around 28%… believed that ‘political figures often invoke Israel as a political tool more than genuine concern for the state,'” while another 18 percent believed that the politicians don’t “actually care about Israel at all, and strictly use it as a political tool.”

A 2012 speech by New Jersey Senator Cory Booker was lately published that might fulfill those skeptical attitudes, due to its over-the-top embrace of Israeli soldiers as “the most courageous men imaginable.”

Shabtai, a Jewish leadership group at Yale that Booker co-founded when he was a law student in New Haven, last month released a video of Booker at Shabtai in 2012, greeting Gilad Shalit, the former Israeli soldier/prisoner.

Shalit was captured by Hamas in 2005 and held for five years till he was released in a prisoner exchange. A year later, the 26-year-old came to the New Haven gathering with former members of his military unit.

Booker, who is on the right side of the Democratic field in his full-throated support for Israel, likened Shalit to Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned for 27 years in South Africa.

We now live in this insidious world where right now the state of Israel is under attack. By Hamas, by Hezbollah. There’s a madman standing in Iran determined to have a weapon of mass destruction, who has sworn that he wants to and will destroy Israel and the Israeli people. We must recognize that right now we stand in a distraught present where people are plotting who are making it their very life purpose to destroy the state of Israel…

[T]his is an affront not just to Jewish people, but this is an affront to all of us. Because there is a oneness of humanity, there is a oneness of the children under God. So as I get the privilege of being in the presence of men from a unit who stood to face danger and peril and challenge and threat and hatred in a way that I’ve never had to face, I am in awe of their courage, I’m in awe of their fortitude, I’m in awe of the resiliency of a young man that was cast into a pit like Joseph yet still found a way thanks to the brotherhood and the sisterhood and the love of people in Israel and beyond, to ascend from that pit back to his rightful place amongst his brothers and sisters and family.

I know there are many parallels to what we face right now from my own tradition, of people being hated just for who they are. I think of other great leaders from our common heritage of humanity. A person like Nelson Mandela, thrown into a prison and forgotten about by many but still held on to by a love of a people who have not let his memory die, who every day worked for his freedom. There’s a poem that he read that many of you know. [Booker recites from Invictus] “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”

That resolve, that determination, that indominable will is what stands between us and tyranny, stands between us and hatred, it stands between us and destruction. This is a time for us to celebrate the release of our brother. This is a time to celebrate the courage of a unit. But it is also a time to to redouble our determination not to let the flame of Israel to flicker again, not to let the threats of terrorism to ever roll upon our shores again. We have a mission to do. It is not a Jewish mission, it is a mission of peace and mission of justice.

Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and several Israeli diplomats were also at the gathering.

Later in that speech Booker linked Israel’s cause to “the cause of freedom,” led by Martin Luther King Jr. and again lauded the Israeli soldiers.

We were all caught up in something that is bigger than race and religion and geography. It is the cause of freedom. You may put a man into a pit, you may steal from us our greatest leaders but as long as we are determined to fight for freedom, to stand for democray, to defend those ideals that others are trying to take away from us, then we will in this world secure the highest ideals of humanity… Today as we gather… giving honor to a group of the most courageous men imaginable, I ask us also to recommit ourselves to the cause of freedom. Because there is still work to do. Israel is still under threat as we speak right now. The ideals that bond us together as men and women, the ideals to which God calls us to do, to fight for justice, to give charity, to love our fellow man– those ideals are challenged now.

 

Shabtai founder Senator Cory Booker Welcomes Gilad Shalit to Freedom, October 15th 2012 from Shabtai on Vimeo.

Thanks to Michael Arria. 

Philip Weiss

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  1. eljay on October 2, 2019, 12:53 pm

    Sorry, Cory, but in the “Jewish State” you fellate there is no “oneness of humanity”, no “oneness of the children under God”. There is supremacism and if you weren’t such a Zionist hypocrite you’d be against it.

  2. CigarGod on October 2, 2019, 8:20 pm

    Geez.
    The guy is on his knees to everyone.

  3. Yani on October 2, 2019, 10:24 pm

    Mandela? More like just very unlucky given how few prisoners Hamas ever captures, perhaps even an incompetent.

  4. brent on October 2, 2019, 11:22 pm

    “We were all caught up in …. the cause of freedom…. there is still work to do. Israel is still under threat as we speak right now. The ideals that bond us together as men and women, the ideals to which God calls us to do, to fight for justice, to give charity, to love our fellow man– those ideals are challenged now.” Cory Booker

    Political support can be achieved by claiming the moral high ground and playing to collective values.

    • eljay on October 3, 2019, 9:47 am

      || brent: … Political support can be achieved by claiming the moral high ground and playing to collective values. ||

      Booker is a fraud. Israel is not a “moral high ground”. And it speaks very poorly of “collective values” when they:
      – do not include the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality; but
      – do include blatant and unapologetic oppression, colonialism, (war) criminality and religion-based supremacism.

    • gamal on October 3, 2019, 11:48 am

      “playing”

      In London in the ’70’s I saw an El-Hakawati play that ended with the observation that “eventually they (The Zionists) will say “It all was only a game”..”, it was great there was lots of dancing and music.

      “Claiming” the high ground, was kind of funny, no one is looking for salvation Brent we are going to fight because all other options have been exhausted and in this fight Palestine won’t be alone, all the Arabs are being compelled to resist, no one is looking for your approbation, the “moral high ground” is where you are shooting, beating, bombing, sanctioning, maligning, subverting and robbing us. Don’t you think that that is something you should address.

      • brent on October 3, 2019, 6:05 pm

        Gamal, I think you got it right, it is a game. A double game that requires savvy and thinking outside the box.

        Countering the double game is best done by not reinforcing the foundations upon which it is being advanced and taking into account the many advantages Israel’s supporters bring to the table. Including well-funded organizations that spend large funds working the system, coordinating objectives and manipulating the media to advance public narratives, helpful to their objectives.

        Key is understanding that America is a system of competing interests. Whoever does not effectively compete, will lose. That includes farmers, teachers, children…. This is why public relations is important and why perceptions of holding the moral high ground is relevant. Also, politicians try to base their public positions on “moral” reasoning. …. note Booker.

        In PR, the first step is to establish that key values are shared and once that is established, move on to secure an alliance. I believe Palestinians are positioned to share values with America and American Jews but random violence and negative media have negated that advantage. I reason little has been achieved through violence, so resisting the oppression is best accomplished by moving beyond it and developing more effective resistance tactics.

        Some maintain “all other options have been exhausted”. Of course, non-violence has been “tried” and has been met with violence. However, Palestinian fortunes still suffering the consequences of past terrorism and tolerance of well-publicized acts of violence. Note the big deal made of paying families stipends. I didn’t hear condemnation for the bombing at the spring (and yes I know the background) or the brandishing of knives which do little damage but negatively influence the public perceptions and consequentially positions of politicians. Violence has robbed Palestine of political support.

        The double game, claiming to want peace while inciting violence and capitalizing on it has worked pretty well for Israel. Moving beyond violence is the path to take away the most powerful weapon, “victimhood and right to exist”. Violence is the aggressor’s permission note. This explains the arming of Hamas and later weapons to Hezbollah.

        I do not argue there is not a right to resist occupation using violence, only for tactics of resistance that may be effective. Having the right is different than exercising it. Violence has emasculated political activism in America. Every politician I’ve discussed this with have been influenced by public perceptions.

        In short, headway can be made when it’s clear the goal is peaceful neighborly relations. I’m betting on Jewish humanism, not Arab support. There is no defense against equality or independence.

      • Mooser on October 4, 2019, 12:32 pm

        “Gamal, I think you got it right, it is a game. A double game that requires savvy and thinking outside the box.”

        The only possible response seems to involve a few words, usually abbreviated “G.F.Y.”

      • Mooser on October 4, 2019, 12:37 pm

        ” I’m betting on Jewish humanism, not Arab support. There is no defense against equality or independence.” the ineffable “brent”

        Oh, I see! When the Palestinians stop demanding superiority and the right to oppress Jews, and dial their demands back to “equality or independence” (which, BTW?) “Jewish humanism” will be ready to take their part, and “Jewish humanism”, most certainly prevail.

      • gamal on October 4, 2019, 1:54 pm

        “The only possible response seems to involve a few words, usually abbreviated “G.F.Y.” ”

        Good for you by putting the words in to my mouth you also took them out from it, Jewish Humanism in the highest degree, or psychoanalytical sorcery, I of course, burdened with genteel reticence, was going to say nothing . El-Hakawati were right and MW can prove it.

        But we aren’t playing and those of us who do P.A. , Joint List and all have little to show for it but we know that within 50 years at most we will be free of America, Europe and their vicious settler outpost.

      • Keith on October 5, 2019, 12:35 am

        BRENT- “Violence has robbed Palestine of political support.”

        Curious that much greater violence seems not to have robbed Zionist Israel of its deeply committed support. My sense is that you are a troll attempting to appear reasonable.

    • echinococcus on October 3, 2019, 3:18 pm

      “moral high ground … collective values”

      As implanted by imperial propaganda. Do you really believe we are that deeply asleep?

      • Mooser on October 4, 2019, 12:41 pm

        “Do you really believe we are that deeply asleep?”

        “brent” sounds pretty much like the weather forecast which got Tex Antoine fired.

      • brent on October 4, 2019, 8:10 pm

        echinococcus writes, “Do you really believe we are that deeply asleep?”………..

        I’m trying to figure how asleep you are. Can you articulate a way forward, assess tactics or identify ways to challenge the double game?

        Gamal writes, ‘But we aren’t playing and those of us who do P.A. , Joint List and all have little to show for it but we know that within 50 years at most we will be free of America, Europe and their vicious settler outpost.”……….

        They have little to show for many reasons and too many won’t/can’t get on-page. Waiting for the Empire to end or for everyone to die isn’t appealing to me. Seems indifferent to the youth and the time/effort of organizations like MW. We agree its a game. I’m interested in ideas on how to play it well.

        I consider it relevant the Empire was turned in just a few years using equality…. with a big push by Jewish humanist.

      • Mooser on October 4, 2019, 9:59 pm

        “I consider it relevant the Empire was turned in just a few years using equality…. with a big push by Jewish humanist.”

        Gee, I’m confused, “brent”. Are you talking about the time Jewish humanist singlehandedly stopped the War on Vietnam, or the time Jewish humanist initiated, financed and manned the Civil Rights struggle in the US?

  5. Misterioso on October 3, 2019, 9:47 am

    “… Booker linked Israel’s cause to ‘the cause of freedom,'”

    Really?

    https://israelpalestinenews.org/us-cracking-down-on-10-billion-israeli-scam-that-steals-life-savings/?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest+News

    “US cracking down on $10 billion Israeli scam that steals life savings”
    If Americans Knew Blog, by Alison Weir, Sept. 26/19

    EXCERPT:
    “Israel-based binary options companies have been cheating Americans out of millions of dollars, causing ruin and misery. Finally, when Israel failed to rein them in, the FBI took action, and so far, 15 Israelis have been indicted in the U.S. for the scams.

    “Two dual citizen Americans working for an Israeli company have just been sentenced in Maryland for cheating senior citizens and veterans out of their live savings. Israeli law enforcement has ‘proven unable or unwilling to effectively tackle the country’s internet scams, despite the fact that they have operated at an industrial scale…’

    “Israel-based financial scammers have been cheating Americans and others out of billions of dollars, causing ruin to individuals and families and resulting in at least one suicide. Recently, 15 Israelis have been indicted in the U.S. for binary options scams, and two have just been sentenced.

    “While Israel has been aware of the practice for years and made it illegal in Israel, its parliament did nothing about stopping the companies’ fraudulent actions abroad until 2017. Legislation now on the books contains loopholes that enable the practice to continue unabated.

    “An Israeli attorney summarized the situation: ‘We export financial fraud.’

    “Israel’s blind eye to scam that brings in billions

    “For over 10 years, the Israeli government, which gets over $10 million per day in aid from American taxpayers, turned a blind eye to the scam. The Israeli parliament made it illegal in Israel, but permitted the Israel-based companies to continue operating around the world.

    “The Times of Israel describes the operations: ‘They would dupe victims worldwide into believing that they were successfully investing and earning money, encouraging them to deposit more and more into their accounts, until the company eventually cut off contact with the investors and disappeared with all or almost all of their money.’

    “The Times of Israel reports that at its height, the ‘widely fraudulent Israeli binary options industry’ was estimated to have generated up to $10 billion a year through hundreds of companies that employed thousands – perhaps tens of thousands – of Israelis.

    “The US government believes that the binary options scheme by one Israeli company alone has bilked more than $100 million from tens of thousands of victims across the United States and the rest of the world.

    “According to a Canadian securities official who helped blow the whistle on the binary options fraud, it’s ‘well known that the bulk of the boiler rooms – the places that are making the calls, are happening in Israel.’

    “After an outcry ‘among overseas law enforcement agencies, with the FBI at the forefront, that Israel was allowing this ‘monstrous’ fraud to flourish year after year,’ the Times of Israel reports, Israel belatedly passed legislation against the international victimization in 2017. The bill contained a number of loopholes, and the Israeli government continues to do little to stop the multi-billion dollar industry.

    “The Times of Israel reported at the time that the 2017 law against binary options was watered down, ‘creating loopholes through which binary options and other rogues, simply by retooling what they do, will be able to continue to prosper.'”

  6. genesto on October 3, 2019, 1:32 pm

    Booker should have played in the NFL and stayed out of politics.

    The most right wing Democratic candidates, with regard to Israel/Palestine, are a black woman, Kamala Harris, and a black man, Corey Booker. Go figure! Booker appears to believe at least some of the Zionist BS he spews out. Harris, though, comes across as nothing more than a apolitical opportunist, pandering to the lobby and begging for AIPAC money to survive her fast sinking campaign.

  7. Citizen on October 4, 2019, 8:06 am

    I don’t believe Booker is so ignorant of history and contemporary activity regarding the Israel-Palestinian conflict to actually believe the Palestinians are like the white colonials in the former apartheid South African regime. Shalit is like Mandela? Man, how ambitious can one be?

    • genesto on October 4, 2019, 12:52 pm

      I said I think Booker believes SOME of the Zionist BS, not ALL of it. No, Booker is also a political opportunist who’s been eyeing higher office for decades. But, he did establish a close relationship with Zionist Jews, most notably with Shmuley Boteach, many years ago during his college years. His relationship with Boteach lasted until it became clear that Boteach was glomming on to Booker to advance his own political career, during which he became a strong Trump supporter. But there seems, ingrained in Booker, a fascination with the basic Zionist narrative, that first developed in his college years.

      In any case, he’s a true blue Zionist that disqualifies him from any support by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

  8. brent on October 4, 2019, 7:19 pm

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-what-got-this-palestinian-israeli-fauda-star-finally-interested-in-politics-1.7911459

    Luna Mansour. Gil Eliahu
    What Got This Palestinian-Israeli ‘Fauda’ Star Finally Interested in Politics

    Actress and reality star Luna Mansour says Israelis and Palestinians should avoid black and white – and take ‘the gray path, where the human being is accepted’

    By Itay Stern Oct 02, 2019

    Actor Luna Mansour walks into her new apartment, laden with bags of groceries. She only moved in the day before; the boxes are still sealed, waiting for her. It’s a modest place in a residential high-rise, abutting the stock exchange area of Ramat Gan and overlooking the traffic on the Ayalon Freeway. The 27-year-old actress, who played Marwa Awadalla in the television series “Fauda,” has said that she encountered racism in Israel when she looked for places to rent. On one occasion, a landlord told her straight out that he doesn’t rent to Arabs. And when she was studying English and Arabic literature at Tel Aviv University, she was told she would not be able to share a dorm with a Jewish student.

    This time, though, things worked out: Lihi Griner, who ended up being Mansour’s No. 1 rival in the latest season of the reality show “Survivor: VIP,” became a good friend and signed as her guarantor for the apartment. Lihi, Mansour says, “is a very positive person. It’s true that she’s always laughing and having fun, but no one should think she doesn’t have problems in life. She came to ‘Survivor’ two months after her brother died of a heart attack. I asked her what had brought her there and she said she had thought it would be a distraction for her. To me, she is a very strong woman.”

    “Strong” is apparently one of the most meaningful terms in Mansour’s private lexicon. “When I was a girl, my father always told me to be a jeda – a strong fighter. His message was ‘Fight for what’s coming to you’ and don’t show weakness toward men. Anyone who does you wrong should get a slap in the face. I was always told that if I have a dream, I must fulfill it.”

    The message seems to have taken root. Mansour, who started out as a model and won first place in a beauty contest for Israeli Arab women, is carving out a career on television. After her success in “Fauda,” she was cast in the sitcom “Doctor Karage,” which is about relations between Jews and Arabs in a Galilee village. The series’ second season is now airing on the Arabic-speaking station of Kan, the Public Broadcasting Corporation. The actor is also involved at present in the shooting of the second season of “Kupa Rashit” (Hebrew for “checkout counter”) – a mockumentary about a “typical” supermarket in a small Israeli city. Mansour is especially pleased with this role because it has nothing to do with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This time she’s just an employee in a supermarket.

    Still, the conflict is very much on Mansour’s mind. Recently she took part in a project sponsored by Givat Haviva – Center for a Shared Society and by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, marking the first anniversary of the passage of the Basic Law on Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People. In a video clip she made, Mansour relates that until the age of 21, when she left her hometown of Acre, in northern Israel, she did not experience racism.

    “If we return to [the perspective of] ‘Survivor,’ then the nation-state law is a kind of strategy,” she says. “If we live together and we are on the road of peace, what will it do to the government? To the politicians? They’ll be unemployed.”

    Mansour’s participation in the protest campaign against that law represents a surprising shift. Formerly, she had declared time and again that politics was of no interest to her. “I don’t speak politics, I speak in my language. The thing about the nation-state law is that it’s pathetic for both sides. I swear to you, I hear more Arabic than I did before the law was passed. Take the buses, for example, or the lifeguards on the beaches. There are announcements in Arabic, which you didn’t have before. Maybe the law ‘energized’ Arabic.”

    Arabic has certainly been a career springboard for Mansour. In “Fauda” she played a Muslim woman who wears a head covering. I tell her about an interview I did with Salim Dau, who played Sheikh Awadalla, the spiritual leader of Hamas, in the series’ first season. The season ends (spoiler alert) with his character being killed in an incident that generates chaos and a horrific cycle of bloodletting in the second season. Dau told me that in any case, he would have declined to take part in the second season, because of the portrayal of the Palestinians as bloodthirsty, cruel and lacking compassion in the show.

    “I heard that a lot of actors felt uncomfortable, but I don’t really understand it,” Mansour says, in response. “Why didn’t they turn down the part from the outset? It’s not like your agent makes you do it. I saw ‘Fauda’ as the opportunity of a lifetime. If I get another opportunity to be there, and I like the script – I’ll do it again. I didn’t see anything extreme about my character. I saw the cruelty on both sides and also the good on both sides. If I hadn’t been comfortable with the script, I would have said no. That’s happened, too. In Los Angeles I was offered a part in a student movie as a terrorist whom Hamas forces to carry out an attack in Tel Aviv. I passed on it.”

    There aren’t many film roles for Palestinians. Possibly, actors will say yes to a series on Netflix even if they don’t like the script.

    “I know Palestinian actors who have taken part in a third season and aren’t happy with the script. It’s hard to say no to a series like that [i.e., a Netflix show], which does wonders for a career. I’m only saying that instead of crying over what’s not good, be happy with what is good: It can catapult you 10 levels up. When you go to the United States and say you acted in ‘Fauda,’ they’ll look at you differently than if you were in ‘Survivor.’”

    She adds that she has to confront her identity as an Arab-Palestinian-Israeli every time Jewish reporters ask: Which of them defines you the most? Mansour – who has relatives in Jenin and Ramallah in the West Bank, as well as in Acre and elsewhere in Israel – doesn’t see herself in those terms.

    “I define myself as Luna Mansour. A human being. C’est tout. You don’t need more than that. So that it won’t look as though I’m not proud of what and who I am, I’ll explain: I have Palestinian roots on my father and grandfather’s side. That is a fact. I have family in Palestine. An additional fact is that I am an Israeli. I was born here, I have an Israeli passport and a blue ID card. If the Palestinian side doesn’t see that there is an Israeli part in me, then they just have to get over it, and vice versa. I don’t want to ignore any side of me for anyone.”

    You have made unusual choices for a Muslim woman. You appeared in a bathing suit in “Survivor” and you kissed an actor in “Fauda.” Were you afraid?

    “I respect everyone – the religious and the less religious, and the whole Arab society. But I don’t think about them when I have to make decisions. I want to represent them, but not the way they want. I will not represent a whole society according to its needs or viewpoint, because then you end up representing nothing.”

    Have you been threatened because of your choices?

    “I appeared on television in a bathing suit and I kissed an actor, and I wasn’t murdered. Does that mean that all of Arab society accepts this? Definitely not. But my family accepts it. Some families accept more, some less. Among the Jews, too, not everyone accepts their children’s behavior. There’s no shortage of Jewish religious families who cause a ruckus.

    “I say to Jews and to Arabs: Remember the gray path, of the young – the path that accepts everyone. There’s no need to love or to hate. For the old generation everything was black and white. Today we can walk on the gray path, where the human being is accepted. You don’t have to love him, just accept him – and continue from there.”

    • Mooser on October 4, 2019, 10:04 pm

      What the heck was the point of that, “brent”?

      • brent on October 6, 2019, 2:19 pm

        Analysis Israel’s Arab Community Is Crying Out for Justice. This Is What Its Leaders Must Do Now

        With the memory of the deadly clashes of October 2000 still fresh, demonstrators and police prove protests against violent crime can be peaceful. Will they be effective, too?

        Oct 06, 2019 HAARETZ

        Israeli Arabs have always viewed blocking a major road as a recipe for face-to-face clashes with the police and the security forces. Almost exactly 19 years ago, this perspective received painful confirmation when Israeli police opened fire at Arabs who were blocking roads and burning tires at key intersections in the Galilee and the Wadi Ara region, in what is known in Hebrew as “the events of October 2000.”

        This past week, the scenes were completely different. There were no young masked men, wearing keffiyehs and rocks in hand; no smoke rising from piles of trash and burning tires; and no policemen aiming their rifles and firing both live ammunition and sponge-tipped bullets.

        The past week’s pictures showed whole families – fathers, mothers and children. They showed both old and young, including students of all ages. Everyone was marching with uncovered faces, holding signs protesting the violence in the Arab community, and turning out on major roads and intersections in large numbers.

        It happened on Thursday in Majdal Krum and on nearby Route 85, and it happened Friday and Saturday at dozens of other locations in the Galilee, the Wadi Ara region and the Negev. There was no apparent fear of conflict with the police. Quite the opposite.

        Israeli Arabs plan more protests against police’s failure to stem violence in the community
        Theirs was a cry directed at anyone who would listen, directed both at the country’s leaders and the Arab community: We can’t take it anymore. The Arab community isn’t apathetic. It wants personal security – and it’s the state’s job to provide it. It’s the job of the government and the police. But it’s also the job of local political, social and religious leaders.

        “My life is only worth a single bullet,” declared one sign carried by a 5-year-old boy riding on his father’s shoulders in Majdal Krum on Thursday. Across from the father there were dozens of policemen, deployed in a line along the side of the road to prevent the demonstrators from approaching train tracks.

        The demonstrators blocked the road, but the atmosphere wasn’t at all tense. There was a feeling that everyone, including the police in the field, understood that this was a legitimate protest, and nobody wanted any unnecessary confrontation.

        A young man who threw a bottle of water at the police was immediately ejected from the crowd by the organizers, one of whom used hand signals to tell the police not to take action, that they would take care of it themselves. The message went all the way to the top ranks of the Israel Police.

        In two days of protests during which traffic was halted on a large number of roads, there were no clashes, no injuries and no arrests. The quiet understandings reached between the organizers and the police proved that things could be done differently. And perhaps the police understood that they weren’t facing rioters, but rather ordinary citizens who were demanding a fundamental right: personal security.

        At the same time, the Arab community’s political leadership – first and foremost the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee, which is comprised of Arab Knesset members and mayors – understood that the community’s response to its call to take to the streets wasn’t happenstance. The Arab community, which had been apathetic about public protests for more than a decade, turned out en masse this time over a civic issue that directly affects their lives.

        Some said the success of the Arab parties’ Joint List in last month’s Knesset election provided a tailwind for the protests. But the Arab leadership also understands that the shows of public support won’t last if they don’t produce results.

        Now that the Arab community has responded to its call and taken to the streets, it’s the leadership’s job to make use of the momentum, to bring the community’s demands to the decision makers and present operative plans. This is also the moment for the cabinet, the Public Security Ministry and the police to delve into the reasons for the protest, propose plans and allocate resources for their war on crime and violence in all its aspects.

        Last week proved that it is possible to do things differently when the will exists, viewing Israeli Arabs as citizens rather than enemies.

  9. Arby on October 5, 2019, 7:53 am

    The guy on the right in the top of story pic is Benny Shabtai. It didn’t take much effort to discover that.

  10. Jasonius Maximus on October 6, 2019, 7:29 pm

    Holy guacamole! Just when I thought Booker couldn’t stoop any lower on his path to complete and utter servitude to Israel. Seriously! The only way this guy could suck any more cock for his donors was if he started moonlighting as a mohel at his local synagogue.

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