Der Judenstaat

March 21, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Posted in Arab-Israeli conflict, Islam, Israel, Palestinians | Leave a comment

I live in a mixed neighborhood. Mixed means that Jews and Arabs are living here (while the term “mixed marriage” in Israel mostly means (or at least used to mean) that an Ashkenazi Jew marries a Sfardi/Mizrachi Jew). About 30 m from where I am sitting now is a mosque. Four times a day I can here the cal for prayer (for whatever reason there is not call before dawn). The carpenter shop where I bought my closet is run by Arabs and Jews together (I think Ahmed is the boss). The Jews are observant. The door of the shop has a mezuza. The mini market where I sometimes shop is run by Arabs who even when they talk to each other use hebrew words. Some time ago I overheard an old Arab couple (the woman was covering her hair) talking Hebrew to each other. Ajami is not far. Everybody here is living his life. Together, in peace. There is sometimes trouble, like there is everywhere. Gentrification makes living more expensive. But that is nothing uncommon anywhere else in the world.

Peace is very easily possible, when just one think is accepted: This is Israel, a country founded by Jews and this will stay Israel, a country founded by Jews.

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