Standard of living for Arabs in Israel in a 'different league'

Friday, April 26, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff

Continuing with the theme of debunking accusations that Israel imposes institutional racism and apartheid on the Arabs of the region is a story by the AFP on a senior Bedouin tracker in the Israeli army.

Lt.-Col. Magdi Mazarib, the highest ranking Israeli Bedouin army tracker, is featured in the story. He tells the news agency that compared with neighboring countries, the status and position of Arabs in Israel "is better...It's a different league."

When asked if, as a Muslim, he is bothered serving an overtly Jewish state, Mazarib responds, "The flag of England also has a cross on it, and the Jews there are fine with it."

The article highlights the fact that, despite their Arab Muslim background, Mazarib and other Bedouin trackers are the "gatekeepers" of the Jewish state. It is they who guard against infiltration and who guide every Jewish-dominated military patrol defending the borders.

There are currently thousands of Israeli Bedouin serving in the IDF, and like Mazarib, they proudly lend their expertise and risk their lives to protect the Jewish state.

Interestingly, the AFP article was carried by the typically anti-Israel Saudi-owned news agency Al Arabiya, demonstrating that many Arabs around the region are fully aware that the claims of apartheid are nothing but a propaganda ploy.

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