- J Sheikh Akrameh Sabri, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, who delivers anti-Semitic and pro-terrorist sermons, retains his Israeli ID card. Here are a few more: Hanan Ashrawi of the PLO, Muhammad Abu-Tir of Hamas and Jibril Rajoub’s wife.
|SHEIKH AKRAMEH SABRI|
MUHAMMAD ABU-TIR JIBRIL RAJAOUB
- 150,000 non-Israeli Arabs, mostly from Judea and Samaria, married Israeli Arabs and received Israeli ID cards between 1993 and 2003.
- Israeli Arabs vehemently oppose any settlement which would exchange land between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. This would transform them into Palestinian subjects, denying them Israeli citizenship.
- According to an opinion poll conducted by The Palestinian Center for Public Opinion headed by Nabil Kukali of Beit Sakhur, a sizeable number of Jerusalem Arabs prefer to remain under Israel’s sovereignty.
- Since 1967, Jerusalem Arabs within Israel’s municipal lines have been permanent Israeli residents and are Israeli ID card holders. They freely work and travel throughout Israel and benefit from Israeli’s health care system, retirement plans, social security, unemployment, disability and child allowances. They can vote in Jerusalem’s municipal elections.
- According to the January 2011 poll, which was conducted by Palestinians in Arab neighborhoods far from any Jewish presence, 40% of Jerusalem Arabs would relocate to an area inside Israel if their current neighborhood were to be transferred to the Palestinian Authority. Only 27% would prefer to remain in the neighborhood under Palestinian Authority
Yoram Ettinger is a consultant on US-Israel relations as well as the Chairman of Special Projects at the Ariel Center for Policy Research. Formerly the Minister for Congressional Affairs to Israel’s Embassy in Washington, DC, Ettinger also served as Consul General of Israel to the Southwestern US. He is a former editor of Contemporary Mideast Backgrounder, and is the author of the Jerusalem Cloakroom series of reports which is featured on the ACPR website.
Regional Arabs doing what they do best:
Police identify the body as that of Yassmin Abu Zoualak; her husband, brother, brother-in-law, and three others have been arrested.
It was suspected that her killers brought her to the area’s Jewish cemetary and executed her, shooting her at close range.
Abu Zoualak’s brother, brother-in-law, and husband have been remanded, along with three others, under suspicion of involvement in the act. Their detention will be extended until their hearing at the Ramle Magistrate’s Court.
About six months ago, Abu Zoualak’s husband had been arrested for reportedly shooting and injuring his wife. He was released after family members and Abu Zoualak herself refused to cooperate with police investigators.
In October, two women were shot dead in Lod, prompting Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch to send Border Police reinforcements to the city.