Muslim Zionism?

“And thereafter We [Allah] said to the Children of Israel: ‘Dwell securely in the Promised Land. And when the last warning will come to pass, we will gather you together in a mingled crowd.'” [Qur’an 17:104]

A prophesy from the Quran is being fulfilled but most Israelis feel that Muslims want to kill the Jews and wipe out Israel.

Hanin Zoabi is the last person one would expect to find in an article titled such. A distant relative opened up the possibility of Muslim Zionism to a large audience a few months ago.

Mohammed Zoabi of Nazereth made headlines this past summer in the wake of the murders of Naftali Frankel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaer. His video response went viral on Pro Israel Facebook feeds. He was hailed as a Zionist hero in many circles.

A young 17 year old boy brought to light to many in the Religious Zionist world, the idea that there are Arabs and Muslims who support the State of Israel and the Zionist dream. Was this a paradigm shift or were Zionists being illuminated to something that’s been in Arab communities for a while now?

Anett Haskia, a Muslim running for representation in the Knesset under Naftali Bennet’s Bayit Yehudi says that Muslim support for the State of Israel is nothing new.

“It’s nothing new. The problem is the Israeli left and radical left-wing NGOs who support Arab MKs such as Haneen Zoabi—people who don’t represent a majority of Israeli Arabs.”

Anett Haskia with her son who is in the IDF
Anett Haskia with her son who is in the IDF

She argues that the support for Israel from Arab communities has always existed but have been shut down by the Radical Islamists.

“I represent the silent majority; the 80% of Israeli Arabs who support Israel and would fight to defend it.”

Haskia hopes that her being elected to the Knesset will awaken those who are afraid to come out with their support.

Will Haskia’s courage open the flood gates to hundreds of Arabs to come out with their support of the Jewish homeland? Will more Muslims like Mohammed Zoabi be vocal against the critics? Will the Muslims of Israel put an end to those on both sides who call this a religious conflict?

About the Author
Shai Reef is a Political Science student at York University.