But I have also met Palestinians who appreciate the work that I do to maintain some sort of peace and stability in the most dangerous part of the world. Peace – real peace – will only come when people talk to each other. But the irony of Israeli Apartheid Week is that it wants individuals to focus on differences, not similarities.
Instead of building bridges between communities, it wants to build walls.
There’s only one country in the Middle East that could produce a couple like that – and it sure as hell isn’t an apartheid state.
There will be a variety of vendors at the Pais Arena serving drinks, snacks, and hot meals.
In the last few weeks, students across the UK have been involved in Israeli Apartheid Week. Second, that its army defends this racist status with acts of illegal and immoral violence.
Invited by the Zionist Federation UK, last week I was able to attend campuses up and down the country specifically to address and counter some of the claims involved. First, that Israel is an inherently racist and therefore unacceptable country, comparable to Apartheid South Africa.
And while we’re on the subject of those defenses, let me tackle accusation two: that the Israel army is a particularly immoral one.
I am not particularly religious, but as the Quran says, “if anyone killed a person, it would be as if he killed the whole of mankind; and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind.” I do not serve in the army to kill people – I serve in it to save people.But perhaps more than most people on either side of the debate, I am better placed to argue against them.Because I am an Israeli, an Arab, and the highest ranked Muslim in the IDF. Well, do you think that such a country would tolerate a person like myself getting to the position I am today?Note: — Easter holidays are observed by Christians only.The Kingdom of Jordan has specific national and bank holidays that are honoured with a day off from work.The two nationally recognised holidays (public holidays of political and social significance) fall on the same dates each year.