Yisrael Medad
Analyst and commentator on political and cultural issues.

Arab Chutzpah

I just read this item:

Arab Petitioners Demand That Israel Allow non-Passover Food in Hospitals on Holiday

There is an Arab rights group which has petitioned the High Court to issue interim order against a policy that constitutes ‘harsh and demeaning religious coercion’.

Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel demands the revocation of the ban on leavened food in hospitals and other health facilities during Passover, arguing that it constitutes illegitimate religious coercion and disdain for the needs of non-Jewish citizens.

As all citizens including Israeli Arabs are subject to comprehensive searches during Passover at the entrances of hospitals, these searches and the food confiscation is what is motivating the appeal.

Now, in principle, they have a case. Why can’t they bring bread to their family relatives and friends? Of course, as this is a Jewish state should not they be willing to compromise bread for a week, especially as they are not the patients and the patients are being given the best care?

I am willing to make them an offer: permit Jews to freely enter the Temple Mount compound, be allowed to pray (outside of any building there) as well as conduct all those “Talmudic rituals” the Waqf complains about and I will join their petition as a friend of the court.

How about it, Sawsan Zahar (the group’s lawyer who two years ago petitioned that Arab businesses be exempt from law banning import of non-kosher meat into Israel)? Will you take me up?

After all, human rights should be for all, yes?

About the Author
Yisrael Medad, currently is a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Deputy Editor of the English Language Anthology of Jabotinsky's Writings. American-born, he and his wife made Aliyah in 1970. He resides in Shiloh since 1981. He was a member of the Betar Youth Movement World Executive and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Yesha Council. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University and is active is many Zionist and Jewish projects and initiatives.
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