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“Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies. For our volunteers at #MDA life, everyone's life, is sacred and we will do our best to help anyone who needs it.” For more, see link number 13 in this story. (Photo and quote: Facebook.com/mdaoline)

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In my columns, ordinarily I express my opinions. In this instance, I will let the facts speak positively for themselves.

1. Evan Fallenberg, Arab-Jewish violence in Israel threatens coexistence. My neighbors and I won’t give in.- After a mob looted my hotel, my Arab friends are mourning with me, cleaning with me and helping me rebuild. THINK, May 19, 2021, linked through Evan Fallenberg, Rioters Destroyed a Local Symbol of Arab-Jewish Coexistence, but Not the Good Feeling behind it Mosaic, May 23, 2021 https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/israel-zionism/2021/05/rioters-destroyed-a-local-symbol-of-arab-jewish-coexistence-but-not-the-good-feeling-behind-it/

2.During the Arab riots in the town of Lod, Yigal Yehoshua a 56 year old  Jewish resident,  encountered a bunch of  Arab rioters  who  threw a deluge of stones  to his car causing  Yigal a serious head injury. He died in the hospital  a week later. Since Joshua was registered as an organ donor, with the consent of his family, one of his kidneys was transplanted to 58 year old Randa Weiss, a 58 year old C Arab Christian woman from Jerusalem, after years of waiting.

Her daughter told the press: “We are so grateful to the Yehoshua family. We feel, all at once, joy over mom’s transplant, and pain at their tragedy that brought it about.“ After Dr. Abed Halaila, head of the transplant department of the hospital visited Ms. Awes, he said: “…I want to say a big thank you to the donor’s family.”  Nathan Jeffay, Jewish riot victim’s kidney gives new lease on life to an Arab woman, Times of Israel, May 20 2021, 

https://www.timesofisrael.com/jewish-riot-victims-kidney-gives-new-lease-of-life-to-arab-woman/

3. David Kramer, IDF soldiers commit Crimes for Humanity, Arutz Sheva, and February 18, 2021

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/297071

4. Shiryn, Ghermezian, Arab Nurse Recites ‘Shema Israel’ Prayer for Jewish Patient Before He dies of COVID-19, the Algemeiner, February 19, 2021 

https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/02/19/arab-nurse-recites-shema-yisrael-prayer-for-jewish-patient-before-he-dies-of-covid-19/

5. Palestinian Media Watch reports that the Palestinian Authority confirmed the Israeli policy and practice of warning Gazan civilians to evacuate buildings and areas ahead of Israeli Air Force on terror targets. TPS, Palestinian Authority Admits that  IDF Warns Civilians to Evacuate Before Strikes, https://unitedwithisrael.org/palestinian-authority-admits-idf-warns-civilians-to-evacuate-before-strikes/

cf. also Robert Spencer, Reality behind Propaganda: Israeli Pilot spots Gaza children playing and calls of strike, Jihad Watch, May 18,2021, 

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/05/reality-behind-the-propaganda-israeli-pilot-spots-gaza-children-playing-and-calls-off-airstrike

6. The violent conflict with Gaza did not stop mothers and their children from three Muslim countries from observing Ramadan at Save a Child’s Heart in Holon, Abigail Klein Leichman, Gazan kids celebrate Ramadan in Israeli hospital, despite rockets, May 19, 2021, Israel 21c

https://www.israel21c.org/gazan-kids-celebrate-ramadan-in-israeli-hospital-despite-rockets/

7. There is not much difference between ordinary law-abiding Israeli Arabs and Jews when it comes to facing mob violence. They hate it. Dina Kraft, In Israel, Arabs and Jews alike recoil from violence, The Christian Science Monitor, May 14,2021 . 

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2021/0514/In-Israel-Arabs-and-Jews-alike-recoil-from-mob-violence

In the aftermath of violent riots in Israeli mixed cities, see: Simona Weinglass, Dispel the darkness: Thousands of Jews, Arabs rally for coexistence in Tel Aviv, The Times of Israel, May 23,2021 https://www.timesofisrael.com/dispel-the-darkness-thousands-of-jews-and-arabs-rally-for-coexistence/

8. Israeli Arab and Jewish doctors and nurses fought together to save the lives of COVID-19 patients, regardless of their identities. Joshua Mitnick, In Israeli war on coronavirus, Arab Doctors rush to the Front, The Christian Science Monitor, April 10, 2020 

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2020/0416/In-Israeli-war-on-coronavirus-Arab-doctors-rush-to-the-front

9. Naama Barak,Tel-Aviv University’s Islamic History course is a global hit – Students from Pakistan, Indonesia, Qatar and Afghanistan  all tuned into course enjoyed only in an Israeli classroom, Israel 21c,November 26,2020,

https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-universitys-islamic-history-course-is-global-hit/

10. A unique Israeli multicultural program  provides  young men and women from P.A, Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt, Morocco and Jordan,  who promote  high tech projects to receive training and acquire the practical tools on how  to realise their dreams in meetings hosted by leading figures  in the Israeli innovation industry. 

The program encompasses all stages of the development of new ventures, including market research, construction of a plan and business model, development and connection to an array of potential partners and investors in Israel and around the world. TPS via UWI, Israeli Start Up Initiative Attracts Entrepreneurs, Jan 31, 2021 

https://unitedwithisrael.org/israeli-start-up-initiative-attracts-entrepreneurs-from-syria-libya-iraq-and-gaza/

11. The sense of solidarity of high tech Israeli Arabs and Jews has been affirmed. Shoshanna Solomon, ‘For we are brothers’: Arabs, Jews in tech call for healing social rifts, Times of Israel May 19, 2021, 

https://www.timesofisrael.com/for-we-are-brothers-arabs-israelis-in-tech-call-for-healing-social-rifts/

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12. Magen David Adom, (MDA) Israel’s national emergency medical, disaster relief, ambulance, and blood services organisation is always  on the front lines of any crisis and  disaster. MDA’s Arab and Jewish medics also prove the co- existence.in Israel to be a reality. Real Life Superheroes: How Arab and Jewish Medics Save Life Together, United with Israel, March 10.2021,

 

14. Arab Israelis fume as the Trump plan says their towns could become part of Palestine.

Jacob Magid, Times of Israel, 29, January 202, https://www.timesofisrael.com › residents-of-arab-israeli.. ; Ariel Ben Solomon, Israeli Arabs reject becoming citizens of Palestinian State, JNS, February 26, 2020

https://www.jns.org/israeli-arabs-reject-becoming-citizens-of-palestinian-state-as-suggested-in-mideast-peace-plan/

15. Lyad Zahala, “A Female Qadi Appointed in the [Israeli] Court: Religious Law and Public Opinion, Bayan, October 15, 2017 

https://dayan.org/content/female-qadi-appointed-sharia-court-religious-law-and-public-opinion

16. Maha Karkabi-Sabbah, Ethnoreligious Mixed Marriages Among Palestinian Women and Jewish Men in Israel: Negotiating the Breaking Barriers, BayanMarch 14, 2019

https://dayan.org/content/ethnoreligious-mixed-marriages-among-palestinian-women-and-jewish-men-israel-negotiating

17. Groups of Palestinian Arabs and Israelis of Samaria got together to celebrate Lag Boomer and Iftar [There have been other similar types of meetings between the same kinds of groupings] Shraga Blum, Rencontre inedite en Samarie, May 12, 2020

https://lphinfo.com/rencontre-inedite-en-samarie/

Doğan D. Akman is an independent researcher and commentator. He holds a B.Sc. in sociology, an M.A. in sociology/criminology and an LL.B in law. He held academic appointments in sociology, criminology and social policy; served as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, and occupied the positions of Crown Counsel in criminal prosecutions and in civil litigation at the Federal Department of Justice. His academic work is published in peer-reviewed professional journals, while his opinion pieces and other writings are to be found in various publications and in blogs.  

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