Tag Archive for Israeli Arab

#ApartheidFail: IDF sees sharp increase in Muslim voluntary enlistment

Despite last May’s ‘Operation Guardian of the Walls’ and the protests that occurred in many Israeli cities, the IDF reported that the trend of increased numbers of Muslims volunteering for the IDF will likely continue.



Even in the wake of Operation Guardian of the Walls and the violent rioting in mixed cities and other towns, the IDF presented encouraging statistics that show a sharp rise in the number of Muslims drafting to the IDF. Some 606 Muslim Arabs drafted to the IDF in 2020, compared to 489 in 2019 and 436 in 2018. More than half of those who have drafted went to combat roles. Continue Reading »

Israeli Arab ISIS fighter tells BBC: ‘Israel is just, unlike Syria’

WATCH: A captured ISIS fighter with Israeli citizenship defends the Jewish State on BBC Arabic (UK), saying it “has not done 1% of what [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad has done” to his own people.

By MEMRI , JNS , Israel Hayom Staff


Sayyaf Sharif Daoud, a captured Islamic State fighter who holds Israeli citizenship, told BBC correspondent Feras Kilani on BBC Arabic (UK) earlier this month that he had joined ISIS instead of the Palestinian resistance because his experience of having lived through the Second Intifada (Palestinian uprising), and living in Israel had taught him that Israel “has not done 1% of what [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad has done.” Continue Reading »

Weekend Magazine: The private life of an elite Muslim IDF soldier

#ApartheidFail: “You know what a good feeling it is for me, to see that I make people feel safe when I walk around with my weapon in the train or bus station?” he says. “No one asks if I’m Arab or Jewish. They Just see a Golani soldier.”

By Etti Abramov


Clad in his IDF uniform, Private A. looks no different to his brothers in arms in the elite Golani Brigade. It’s been five months since he enlisted, and like everybody else, he’s busy with the rough training, chatting with his girlfriend before lights out and dealing with his anxious parents back home. Continue Reading »

#ApartheidFail: Arab Muslim Explains Why He Joined the IDF

WATCH: Yahya Mahamid learned first hand that Israel was not an apartheid state that oppresses its Arab population and felt he needed to protect and defend his country & home by joining the IDF.

By Israel Today Staff


Yahya Mahamid didn’t come to hate Israel because it’s a racist, apartheid nation, as the Jewish state’s detractors will try to make you believe.

Screen Shot of Jerusalem Post newspaper featuring Yahya Mahamid.

No, Mahamid, as he explains it, was raised to hate Israel.

But, as he grew up, this young man from the lower Galilee town of Umm el Fahm discovered that he’d been lied to, that Israel’s Jewish majority wants to live in peace and coexist with its own Arab population and the Arab states around. Continue Reading »

Israeli Arab politician MK Ghattas, indicted for terrorist activities



Indictment charges brought against the Arab Knesset Member are: unlawfully bringing communication devices into a prison, fraud, breach of trust, use of property for purposes of terrorism and fraudulently obtaining benefits.

By Tova Tzimuki


Indictment charges brought against the Arab Knesset Member are: unlawfully bringing communication devices into a prison, fraud, breach of trust, use of property for purposes of terrorism and fraudulently obtaining benefits.

MK Basel Ghattas (Joint List) was indicted on Thursday for smuggling cellphones to Palestinian security prisoners in Israel jails.

The offenses Ghattas will be charged with are: Bringing in documents not through the prison administration, bringing in communication devices, use of property for purposes of terrorism, fraud and breach of trust by a public worker, fraudulently obtaining benefits under aggravated circumstances. Continue Reading »

Meet the other Hassan Nasrallah, an Israeli lifesaver


With his infamous namesake notwithstanding, meet Israel’s own Hassan Nasrallah, an Israeli Arab who’s chosen a different path, one dedicate to saving the lives of others as an Israeli EMT with United Hatzalah.

Arutz Sheva Staff


When most people hear the name Hassan Nasrallah, it arouses negative sentiments for the leader of the Lebanese terrorist organization of Hezbollah. They are reminded of a man who has the blood of thousands on his hands. While the man may live in infamy, the name is shared by another individual, an Israeli, who has chosen to dedicate his life to saving the lives of others. Continue Reading »

Cleared for publication: Israeli Arab from Jerusalem arrested on terrorism charges


The arrested suspect, who was involved in a number of previous terror-related attacks, was planning to carry out multiple shooting attacks against Israeli security personnel & civilians in the Jewish Capital.
• His Facebook page revealed he supports Hamas and frequently incited against Israel.

By Alexander J. Apfel


An Israeli resident living in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem was arrested three weeks ago on suspicion of planning to carry out multiple acts of terrorism in Israel, it was cleared for publication Thursday afternoon.

Ras al-Amud neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem - Photo: Wikipedia Commons

Ras al-Amud neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem – Photo: Wikipedia Commons

The resident, identified as Muhammad Mussa Muhammad Abassi, was arrested as part of a joint operation between the Shin Bet and the Police Central Unit, said a press release issued by the Shin Bet.

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Mistaken for Jew, Israeli Arab Attacked by Palestinian Rioters, Nearly Lynched


Assuming the male Israeli Arab who was driving through a Palestinian neighborhood of Jerusalem was Jewish, the mob stoned his car and were prepared to lynch him.

By Israel Today Staff


An Israeli Arab man was attacked and nearly lynched by an angry mob near Jerusalem last week, but not for any of the reasons you might initially imagine.

Mob Attacks, Nearly Lynches Israeli Arab Man – Photo source: Israel Today

The man was driving through the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Hanina, an Arab neighborhood, when he was surrounded by a mob of young men wielding knives and metal rods. Continue Reading »

#RESPECT: Meet Ziyad, Muslim IDF tracker with a ‘long live the State of Israel’ tattoo


Hailing from a village in northern Israel, Samal Ziyad, an Arab-Muslim who serves in the IDF’s Bedouin Trackers Unit, and has a tattoo on his arm that reads: ‘Long live the State of Israel’ says, ‘Since I was little my father has encouraged me to serve.’ 

By Yoav Zitun


Samal Ziyad, an Arab-Muslim who serves in the IDF’s Bedouin Trackers Unit, could easily compete for the title of the most Zionist soldier serving in the West Bank today.

One of only a few dozen Arab Muslims serving in the army, he chose to volunteer for military duty, drawing fierce opposition from Arab society and the risk of personal attacks. Continue Reading »

Apple CEO Tim Cook Praises Israel’s President Rivlin for Integration of Minorities

Apple’s Tim Cook counters the false claims of ‘Israeli apartheid’ by acknowledging the Jewish State as an example of successful integration.

By Israel Today Staff


Apple CEO Tim Cook is currently in Israel to oversee the opening of a new Apple research and development center in the Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya. Even as campuses around the world begin their annual “Israel Apartheid Week” festivities, Cook openly praised Israel’s integration of minorities in its burgeoning hi-tech sector.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Apple VP of Hardware Technologies Johny Srouji, an Israeli Arab and graduate of Israel’s Technion Institute – Photo: YouTube 9to5mac screenshot

“True innovation can only result from full access to education for all, regardless of race, religion, or sex,” said Cook, noting that Israel had done just that.

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American Rabbi: In “Dealing with Savages,” Arabs in Israel “must be vanquished”

‘There’s a war for the land of Israel that’s being waged, & the Arabs who dwell in the land of Israel are the enemy in that war,’ wrote the rabbi of a major modern Orthodox synagogue in New Jersey.

By Ben Sales


JTA — The rabbi of a major modern Orthodox synagogue in New Jersey has written a blog post that calls for Israel to collectively punish Arab Israelis and Palestinians until they realize “they have no future in the land of Israel.”

Israeli Arabs wave Palestinian flags during a rally in the northern Arab-Israeli town of Sakhnin

Israeli Arabs waving Palestinian flags during a rally in the northern Arab-Israeli town of Sakhnin on March 30, 2013 commemorating the 37th anniversary of ‘Land Day.’

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3 Israeli Arabs reportedly entered Syria to join Islamic jihad

According to a report in a local Nazareth magazine, the families of the three men tried to have them arrested before they crossed the Turkish-Syrian border.

Four residents of Yafia, a town near Nazareth, left Israel for Turkey during Eid al-Adha earlier this month with the intent of enlisting with the rebel groups in Syria, or with the Islamic State, according to a report in a local Nazareth paper.

ISIS fighters in Raqqa, Syria.

Fighters from the Islamic State marching in Raqqa, Syria, January 2014. – Photo: AP

One of the four dropped out en route and returned home, where he told the families of the other three that they were planning to travel to Syria.

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Jerusalem’s Mayor approves major construction plan for Arab neighborhood

Mayor Barkat overcomes years of opposition from right-wing, Haredi forces and gets approval for the construction of 2200 new homes.


The Jerusalem Local Building and Planning Committee on Wednesday approved a large construction plan for an Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem over the objections of right-wing city councilors. The plan for the Arav al-Swahara neighborhood extends over 1,500 dunams (375 acres) and calls for building 2,200 homes.

East Jerusalem, a general view. September 23, 2014.

East Jerusalem, a general view. September 23, 2014. – Photo: Michal Fattal

Although Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Deputy Mayor Koby Kahlon, who chairs the building and planning committee, had been trying to get this plan passed for several years, it was repeatedly blocked by right-wing activists in conjunction with Haredi city councilmen.

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Israeli Muslim: Destroy Hamas & Fatah for “a better life for us all.”


Israeli Arab who volunteered for IDF tells Netanyahu: “Overthrow Hamas and [Mahmoud Abbas’] Fatah. Establish & support a new leadership for the Palestinian people, a leadership that will seek peace & a better life for us all.”

By Israel Today Staff


An Israeli Muslim Arab has written to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressing that if the Jewish state truly wants peace, it must remove from power the terror groups that current hold sway over the Palestinian population, and instead deal directly with average Arabs who just want to live quietly.

Ali Shaban on Israel TV10 – Screenshot

In a post on his Facebook page, Ali Shaban, who volunteered for combat service in the IDF and continues to do reserve duty to this day, urged Netanyahu to “act now, do not waver or fear.

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Israeli Arab finishes victorious in TV reality cooking program ‘Master Chef’


‘Master Chef’ winner Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, says she’ll use TV show’s prize money to open Arab-Jewish cooking school.


Nof Atamna-Ismaeel won the fourth season of Israeli reality cooking show “Master Chef” on Saturday night.

Noff Otmana Ismail, Israeli Arab winner of 'Master Chef'

Noff Otmana Ismail, Israeli Arab winner of ‘Master Chef’ – Photo: Oded Karni

Atamna-Ismaeel, 32,,  from the Israeli Arab town Baqa al-Gharbiyyewho cooks Arab food with a modern twist. She has a PhD in microbiolog and is  married with three kids.

Upon winning, Atamna-Ismaeel said it was “the most exciting moment in her life,” and said she plans on using the prize money to open an Arab-Jewish cooking school.

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