“The Arabs are ungrateful,” muttered Jerusalem Police District Commander Aharon Franco while addressing the Muslim and Palestinian protests in eastern Jerusalem. “We even allowed them to go ahead with Ramadan prayers,” he added.
What the master in the blue uniform meant to say, with a great measure of patronization, was: “We showed kindness.” “They are simply not nice,” said another one. “After all they get National Insurance, the Jews give them everything, and at the end of the day they throw stones and protest. What else do they want?”
It’s a discourse of arrogance and haughtiness, by those who settle in someone else’s home, repress him, and try to “Judaize” the place.
The official Israeli refusal to hold talks that will prompt the natural division of this disunited city may prompt a greater flare-up that we can already predict in advance.
Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi serves as deputy Knesset speaker and heads the United Arab List – Ta’al