In Israel – Who Is Really Brave?

Let me tell you who the really brave souls in Israel are. Some say it is those who call out Israel for becoming fascist, for brutally silencing legitimate criticism, for speaking out against “the occupation” and Israeli “apartheid”. It is certainly NOT them. The truly courageous in Israel are two teenage boys and a woman from Acco.

Lately we have been seeing those on the far left of the Israeli political spectrum posting blogs and op-eds that are more viciously critical of Israel than what I have seen in the past. It is almost as if they are ripping the rug out from under their own feet and flinging themselves, somersaulting, high into the air off the land that provides them with the true freedom to speak their minds with relatively few repercussions. Now they will snort and guffaw at this statement that I have just had the temerity to make, saying that people who cry out against the right-wing fascist Israeli doctrine (whatever that means) have lost jobs, been attacked in the streets and had death-threats made against them. We certainly cannot be complacent about this. After all, we have seen Professor Sternhell injured by a bomb placed near the entrance to his home in 2008, Prime Minister Rabin assassinated in 1995, and Emil Grunzweig murdered during a Peace Now demonstration in 1983. I am not going to get into a numbers thing (we saw the absurdness of that during the latest hostilities between us and Hamas) by listing how many murders . . . no, I said I wasn’t going to do that.

The point is that, in addition to comments written in the talk-back sections after said articles claiming that these leftist writers are in denial, misinformed, self-hating Jews, liars, etc., we have a far greater number of comments praising them for their courage in speaking out against the right-wing fascist Israeli doctrine (there it is again, and I still don’t know what it means). Let me give you one example and you can check it out for yourself.

I would like to tell you who I find REALLY brave. It is two young teenage boys and one woman. These are: Mohammad Zoabi, Yahya Mahamed and Anett Haskia, all Moslems, all openly proud Zionists. These three voices rang out loud and clear at news of the abduction and murder of the three teens in the West Bank that preceded the war against Hamas this past summer. The two boys have been threatened by their neighbours, and it was just made known that Mohammad had to flee to safety outside the country to parts unknown. I don’t know Yahya’s current situation but, judging solely by his Facebook page, he seems okay. Anett published a challenge on her personal Facebook page (in Hebrew) asking Arabs not to write to her privately saying they agree with her, but to come out publicly as Zionists and walk alongside her. She does not mention having been threatened or fearing for her life. I wonder.

I cannot imagine what it must be like to raise your voice in support of Israel when all those around you in your village, your neighbourhood and even your own extended family are determined to shut you up permanently. One article stated that the police uncovered a plot to kidnap Mohammad and send him to the Palestinian Authority for “re-education”. His mother is treated like a leper by others around her.

Anyone who understands Arab culture and who truly comprehends the Moslem attitude toward Jewish sovereignty over even a sliver of land in the Middle East can fathom the degree of courage it takes to stand up and say: “I am a proud Israeli Arab Moslem Zionist”.

And I am sorry, my sad more-left-than-me friends, your insipid whiny voices just don’t even come close.

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Sheri Oz, owner of, is a retired family therapist exploring mutual interactions between politics and Israeli society.