Nuseir Yassin, known online as “Nas Daily,” is a popular travel blogger and social media personality with tens of millions of followers (65 million by last count).
He’s also an Israeli Arab, though he, like most Israeli Arabs, calls himself “Palestinian.” And while has never harbored any animosity for Israel, until this past weekend, he referred to himself as “Palestinian-Israeli – first Palestinian, then Israeli.”
That all changed on Saturday morning when the horrors of the Hamas invasion of southern Israel started coming to light.
(not for everyone, feel free to skip)
For the longest time, I struggled with my identity.
A Palestinian kid born inside Israel. Like…wtf.
Many of my friends refuse to this day to say the word “Israel” and call themselves “Palestinian” only.
But since I…
— Nuseir Yassin (@nasdaily) October 8, 2023
Now, none of this is going to be particularly moving to our readership. The reason it’s significant is as a counter to anti-Israel arguments you are going to hear, as well as efforts to draw moral equivalency between Israel and Hamas, even after what we witnessed over the past few days.
Yassin is a local. He knows the score. He knows the situation in Israel, in the local Arab community and among the Palestinians. He doesn’t just speak the language, he’s one of them.
You can’t call him uninformed.
And what he’s saying is that while he hopes that one day there will be a Palestinian state, he won’t live in it. After all he’s seen, and with all he knows, he’d prefer to remain Israeli.
And so from today (or yesterday) forward, he’s going by “Israeli-Palestinian.”
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