Ynet News is home to the most outrageous news stories. I really do believe it’s Israel’s version of TMZ or Inside Edition. But even though I expect fringe news coverage and really dramatic headlines, I never expected Ynet or any other objective news source with dignity to run A good year for Israel.
Albeit an op-ed, it begins like this: “I want to present an especially revolutionary argument: We had a good year.” What a sham. And then it went downhill from there.
The article does a tremendous job of exposing Israel’s traditionally racist mentality by doing two things in particular. First, it totally ignores Israel’s wrongdoings in 2010 alone which far outweigh any of Israel’s achievements. Second, it attempts to justify Israel’s systematic segregation of the surrounding Arab population.
Here’s what I mean. Israel’s most important achievement, according to author Yair Lapid, is that the country is “ranked 22nd in the world in terms of the quality of life it offers”. But this statistic only applies to most Jewish Israelis who live in comfort while their Arab or Bedouin counterparts watch bulldozers tear their villages down. I highly doubt the population of al-Arakib or the Arab population under attack in Tel Aviv both rank their quality of life as the 22nd best in the world.
It gets worse. The article brags about Israel’s $30,000 annual per capita income. I’m not a business-minded individual so I’m in no authority to judge that figure. But the next few sentences justify my disgust.
Moreover, it’s an open secret that extensive parts of our haredi and Arab population bring the national average down, as for various reasons they do not participate in the workforce. If you remove them from the statistics, we are at a much higher spot, alongside Western Europe’s most developed states.
A good year for Israel, Yair Lapid, Ynet News
Just to clarify, it’s not that they don’t participate in the workforce, it’s that they can’t. Arab women have it the worst.
But contrary to what the article requests, Arabs and haredi can’t be removed from the statistics. Arabs are indigenous. Haredi are citizens of Israel. The notion that Israel would be much more developed without their presence, however, only goes to expose Israel’s racist mentality. I’m thinking something along the lines of “white man’s burden”. Clearly, Arabs and Haredi Jewry must be uncivilized savage beasts who aren’t able to integrate into society, right? Wrong.
Blah blah blah, the article goes on to cite every ounce of Israel’s decent achievements. What should strike you as sad is that the author finds a way to sum up every ounce of Israel’s decent achievements into a few short paragraphs sent via email to Ynet. But the world knows better. People and organizations all over the world release volumes of texts detailing Israel’s egregious violations against humanity. Search “Israel” in Google News and a cursory glance will quickly reveal just a sampling of the faults Israel has committed this past year.
For good measure, I’m going to name a few incidents that should, beyond a doubt, overshadow any Israeli achievement thus far.
Attack on the Mavi Marmara: Elite Israeli commandos stormed a convoy of boats heading towards the coast of Gaza to deliver food aid. Nine members of the Freedom Flotilla were killed, including one Turkish-American teenager and many other unarmed activists who were shot in the back or the skull.
Dubai assassination and forged passports: In one of this century’s biggest espionage cases, a team of Israeli spies forged international passports and stole numerous identities in order to assassinate Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. Europe wasn’t happy.
Organ trafficking: In yet another case of illegal organ trafficking, police busted an illegal ring in northern Israel that involved two lawyers and a brigadier-general in the Israeli army.
Deporting children: The Israeli government proposed the idea of deporting at least 400 children of immigrants back to their native lands. This sparked condemnation from many major officials, governments, and humanitarian organizations across the world. In Israel, “it’s illegal for migrant workers to have children“.
The demolition of al-Arakib: In an attempt to eradicate this small Bedouin population, al-Arakib experienced three demolitions one after another. Although there were no deaths, the entire town’s population became homeless three times in a matter of weeks.
Two heinous murders: An Israeli settler shot and killed a Palestinian teen. The next day, Israeli forces shot and killed a 75-year-old Palestinian man who accidentally walked too close to a security fence in Gaza. According to Haaretz, “They later discovered that he was unarmed, and there is no information linking him to a militant group.” Remember, he was 75 years old.
Illegal family eviction: A family of 45 individuals was illegally evicted from a Palestinian home in the Old City by radical settlers and Israeli police officers.
Emily Henochowicz: The American art student lost an eye after an Israeli soldier fired a tear gas canister at her face during a nonviolent protest against Israel’s attack on the Mavi Marmara.
Green lights: “Israel’s apartheid policies reach all the way to traffic lights.”
This is just a small list but I’m sure you get the point. This was not a good year for Israel. And so long as Israel continues to enforce its prejudiced policies against Arabs, it can never be a good year for Israel.