Apartheid state? Israeli Arab Christian wins popular singing show

Sunday, March 24, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff

In yet another example of just how silly are the claims that Israel is a racist apartheid state, 19-year-old Lina Mahoul, an Arab Christian from the northern town of Acre, became the second winner of Israel's wildly popular singing competition show, The Voice.

Nearly every Israeli eye was glued to the television Saturday evening as Mahoul faced off against Ophir Ben Sheetrit, an Orthodox Jewish girl from Ashdod, in the final.

For those who believe Israel is a state that practices racism against its minorities, the choice should have been obvious. Of course the Jew would win! Those racist Israelis would never vote for an Arab!

How wrong such sentiments are, as proved on Saturday night, when Israelis voted overwhelmingly for Mahoul, who in turn played to her audience by performing a touching rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."

During her final performance, Mahoul's family and friends could be seen happily enjoying the moment surrounded by Jews. Again, not really a picture of apartheid.

It was also pointed out that the young Mahoul volunteers at Magen David Adom, the Israeli Jewish version of the Red Cross.

Watch Lina Mahoul's winning performance:

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