I’ve heard it said a hundred times… I’ve seen it written on various zionist blogs as many times… ‘Jews and Arabs are treated equally in Israel’…. I even blogged about that MISCONCEPTION myself yesterday….
Well… try this short tale on for size…..
I received a notice to pick up a parcel at the post office, so I went there this afternoon to get it. I was not able to get into the premises as there was construction going on outside, so I asked the security guard to please get the parcel for me…
He very rudely asked me (in Arabic) for my identity card. I just as rudely replied that there was no reason for him to have it as the people in the post office know me and will give it to him without my ID…
He went in to get it…. came out a moment later with parcel in hand and said… (not rudely this time)…”You are Jewish!” I said’ So????”
“Why didn’t you tell me that when I asked for your ID in Arabic?”
I said I understood what he said so there was no reason to say anything…. but asked him why he was so rude when he thought I was an Arab….. he’s still working on an answer for that one as he knows he was wrong to do that…..
Anyhow…. just a small, passsing experience of a mistaken identity…. but what about all the others that arn’t a mistake….
YES…. there is equality in Israel… one for Jews and another for Arabs.
Anyone who tells you differently is either lying or totally ignorant of the truth.


  1. Julie said,

    December 18, 2006 at 15:43

    great photo to go with the piece – a picture is worth a thousand words…

  2. DesertPeace said,

    December 18, 2006 at 16:17

    Thanks Julie… it seems these ‘mistakes’ happen in other countries as well.

  3. lennybruce said,

    December 19, 2006 at 13:23

    Hey DP,

    Great poster! So true in America and of course in Israel as well as per your own experience. Same story, different faces. You know of any statistical sources showing differences between Jewish and Arab Israelis when it comes to showing possible -probable-definite disparities in income, education, level of employment or things like government investment in education, infrastructure, etc in Arab towns versus Jewish places? I would love to do a post based on that kind of concrete statistical info in addition to attitudinal research among Jewish Israelis towards Israeli Arabs (some of the attitudinal stuff I have been collecttng recently when I come across it in the media).

    Thanks for your help if you can direct me in any direction.

  4. DesertPeace said,

    December 19, 2006 at 14:29

    Thanks Lenny…
    I’ll try to find some statistics for you and let you know if and when I get some.

  5. LanceThruster said,

    December 20, 2006 at 03:44

    Lenny – There was a study comissioned by the Jerusalem Post I think from the late eighties on perceptions regarding equality and the standing of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel and the attitudes of Jews and Arabs towards the other. It went into some depth as I remember. I referenced it in some posts I made at the LA Jewish Journal Forum (before I got banned) a while back. It was an expose done over several years if I recall correctly. I’ll try to find it for you as I’m pretty sure it covered quite a bit of the details you were inquiring about. I think JPost had professors from one of the major universities handle the surveys.

  6. LanceThruster said,

    December 20, 2006 at 07:10

    I did not find my particular posts with these references, but I found this and some of the orgs and study /survey groups that I recognized being cited are in the footnotes as well.


  7. DesertPeace said,

    December 20, 2006 at 08:18

    Thanks for doing all the research Lance… I hope Lenny visits soon to see all the links you provided for him.

  8. lennybruce said,

    December 20, 2006 at 17:45

    Here I am. Was kind of busy for a few days with the kind of work that pays the bills haha. Thanks Lance for all those sources. I know what I will doing over the long holiday weekend after me, my Muslim BF, some of his Muslim friends and some of our Christian friends celebrate (celebrate is a big word but we will be eating turkey with all the trimmings and doing gifts) Christmas eve, or Xmas eve for any readers with high sensitivity to words.


  9. DesertPeace said,

    December 20, 2006 at 17:51

    Good that you came back Lenny… I hope those links will help you…
    And have a great holiday!

  10. lennybruce said,

    December 20, 2006 at 20:31


    Thanks for taking the trouble to comment on my blog that Lance’s references were here. Very nice of you.

  11. DesertPeace said,

    December 20, 2006 at 20:34

    Lenny, I think of my regular readers and commenters as family….

  12. LanceThruster said,

    December 20, 2006 at 23:00

    Lenny – Enjoy your Feast of Roast Beast….and “A Festivus for the rest of us!” (I particularly enjoy the “Airing of Grievances”).


    I am also partial to the time-honored tradition of “breaking bread” during this time because it is an affirmation of the desire for the continued existence and well-being of the other.

    I got the following today from a Right Wing email (Lao Tzu – “Know your enemy”) as a dig against liberals but I kind of like it. My best to you all (void where prohibited).

    Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to observe religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2007, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures.

  13. DesertPeace said,

    December 21, 2006 at 06:51

    All the best to you too Lance.

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