Monday, July 26, 2010

Arrested for Being Arab

An old film line comes to my mind after reading the news these past few days:

"We were arrested for being black on a Friday."

(The Wayans Brothers making fun of racist police officers in the United States in the 1990s in their parody of "African-American movies," Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood).

Change a couple of words, and you will have today's news in a nutshell:

"We were arrested for being Arab in Israel."

First, a Palestinian-Israeli man was found guilty of rape after not making it clear that he was Arab before having sex with a Jewish woman.

Then, another Palestinian-Israeli was sentenced to five months in jail for allegedly spitting at a police officer at a demonstration.

There's racism in the whole world, but I think Israel takes the prize.

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