Friday, February 07, 2014

Why they don't want you to know Arabic

Gonen Ginat
Education Minister Shay Piron doesn't want school kids to learn Arabic. Of course, he doesn't say this out loud, and if he is asked about it, not only would he not deny it, but he would also pratter on about how important it is to speak Arabic and how learning the language would serve as a cultural bridge and blah, blah, blah, just like the minister knows how to do.
In practice, though, he doesn't want us to learn Arabic. He wants Arabic studies to last no longer than three years so that he could slash the budgets allocated to teaching the language.
Could this reform be part of the new policy introduced recently by the Education Ministry, which seems to be encouraging kids towards ignorance while teaching them a whole lot of nothing? At the same time, it is worth wondering whether there is anything special about learning Arabic.
It appears that there is. Whoever knows Arabic is likely to listen to Arab news media, surf Palestinian websites, and read Arabic newspapers. Then they are likely to discover the truth: the other side is awash with such a virulent stream of anti-Semitic racism that all talk of peace here is delusional.
The party to which the education minister belongs is entrenched firmly in what is inexplicably referred to as "the peace camp." Knowing the Arabic language is anathema to this camp. The more Arab-language speakers there are, the less supporters.
Thus spake Abu Mazen
"The woman known as 'the Maiden of Ludmir,' Hannah Rachel Verbermacher, who became famous because of her outstanding studiousness and her becoming the only female rebbe in the history of the Hasidic movement, was, of course, a Palestinian."

(Mahmoud Abbas, a doctor in history, from his book "How the Palestinians Created the World")
Segmenting society
Polls in Israel consistently show that most Mizrahi Jews are on the Right side of the political spectrum, while a large chunk of Ashkenazim lean toward the Left. There are sociologists who have nurtured ridiculous theories in order to explain this state of affairs. The only thing they overlook is the most basic fact: a large chunk of Mizrahim speak Arabic.
Now, perhaps, just perhaps, that this is what lies beneath one of John Kerry's bluffs, the one that says that a peace deal with the Palestinians would include monetary compensation for Jews kicked out of Muslim countries.
This is a bold-faced lie, and Kerry knows it. The agreement on which he is working, if it is ever signed, will be between Israel and the Palestinians. It won't be with Iraq. It won't be with Egypt. it won't be with Syria or with Yemen. They won't be party to the agreement, and they won't pay billions. This conflict isn't theirs.
Let us assume for a moment that they persuaded Syria to pay compensation. Where would the money come from? From hemorrhaging Yemen? An Iraq in ruins? Will it come from Egypt, where tens of millions of their citizens don't know from where they're going to get their next dry slice of bread?
Kerry knows that in the best case scenario, it's a media fabrication for purposes of spin. In the worst case scenario, it's a bluff. So why did he say it? Here's a wild guess, which is certainly not true but in any case is worth mentioning just so that it's clear what didn't happen.
One day, one of Kerry's advisers walked into his room and explained to him how Israeli society was structured and which of our various groupings are on the political right. "Jews love money. Should we try to buy them?" he asked one of his aides.
Again, we should emphasize that it is inconceivable for this to be a motivating factor in creating this compensation bluff.
Abu Mazen strikes again
"Three-thousand years prior to the Israelis, the Palestinians had already given the world the Patrick Kim pulp fiction series of books and they had documented the first-ever prescription for a congealed leg."
(Abu Mazen, from his book "The Dawn of Humanity")
Questions that will never be asked
Achinoam Nini, if you refuse to go on stage alongside a person who can't stand homosexuals, then how is it that you performed in front of the pope?
Yisrael Shiran and Esti Brand, two individuals who were fired from the Education Ministry because of harboring right-wing views, will you agree to have your photo taken for the front-page of Haaretz and Yedioth Ahronoth?
Dear Sudanese migrant, if Israel is such a racist country, why are you fighting to stay here?
John Kerry, could you ask Mr. Obama what he would think about a proposal that would ban blacks from living in eastern Washington, DC? What about Jews in east Jerusalem?
Dear justice minister, as part of the campaign pushed by your ministry against racism and discrimination, will you also demand that Jews be permitted to pray on Temple Mount?
A reminder from Abu Mazen
"The Palestinian immigrants drained the swamps by planting eucalyptus trees. In short time, clashes erupted between the Palestinian pioneers and the clerks of Hebron."
(Abu Mazen, from his book, "The Palestinian Pioneers")
Trouble at home
On the order of the grand rebbe of Satmar, this Hassidic dynasty has begun a campaign against the Whatsapp application. They have a catchy slogan for their campaign: Press 1 for destroying the house.
It's interesting to note that until now I was certain that Ariel Sharon destroyed more houses.
Just a minute, Abu Mazen is talking
"The Palestinians sat alone in the dark for at least 1800 years before the Poles."
(Abu Mazen, from his book, "The Palestinians in the Krakow Ghetto")
On the other hand
A photographer from another newspaper told me that Achinoam Nini asked him one time not to photograph her from the left, but to only get her right side. That's because her left is the less photogenic side.
By chance, Achinoam Nini showed off her left side this week. She's right. It really doesn't look all that great.
Abu Mazen is just getting started
"Even Mordechai the Jew, Rabbi Shalom Shabazi, Hershele Ostropoler, and The Flying Matchmaker were all Palestinians."
(Dr. Abu Mazen, from his book, "Gideon Levy Reveals")
What do they want?
Last year, two ultra-Orthodox members of Knesset threatened that if this "wicked government" continued in its ways, they will not agree to accept budgets from the state. This week, the High Court of Justice took them up on their offer. What exactly is wrong with this?
One more
"The Palestinians arrived on the scene 2,000 years before the Palestinians."
(Abu Mazen, from his book, "Conversations with Ilan Lukach")

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