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.
By TAL LEV RAM/MAARIV
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 »
Steven Spielberg’s movie on the Holocaust undid decades of lies, inspired me to go see Auschwitz for myself and taught me that the truth will eventually come to light.
– In Iran, I was taught to hate Israel and Jews. Then I watched Schindler’s List.
By Omid Safari
I am an Iranian, born in Iran one year after the Islamic Revolution in 1980. I spent my entire childhood there and was schooled in its educational system, which is designed by an extremist Islamic cult known as the Islamic Republic of Iran. Throughout those years and up until today, anti-Semitic and anti-Israel dogma pervaded the society and was taught in all school and university textbooks. Continue Reading »
#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 »
Cpl. ‘N.’ has been threatened by her fellow villagers and even by male Arab soldiers, but she still dreams of a military career, starting in the Lions of the Jordan Valley infantry battalion, and for Arabs & Jews defending Israel together.
Bat-Chen Epstein Elias
When Cpl. N., who serves in the mixed-gender IDF infantry battalion Lions of the Jordan Valley, heads out on arrest operations in nearby Palestinian villages, she usually talks to the locals in Arabic.
N. is a 19-year-old pepper pot. She’s opinionated and knows what she wants to achieve. She is an observant Muslim who prays five times a day and during the Ramadan fast mostly takes night shifts. Continue Reading »
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 »
Growing up in Bangladesh, a majority Muslim country & raised in an anti-Israel education system, Dr. Shadman Zaman, 25, returned in Israel on Wednesday from the UK, after being banned from his home country for visiting Israel in February.
– Dr. Shadman Zaman, says, “I’m a stateless Zionist.”
By TAMARA ZIEVE
Banned from his home country after visiting Israel in February, the first Bangladeshi national to ever visit, returned to the Jewish state this week for an advocacy trip with a Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland delegation.
Dr. Shadman Zaman, 25, arrived in Israel on Wednesday from the UK, where he currently resides. Continue Reading »
Female gay Muslim activist turns to Facebook for an end to the hypocrisy of the Chicago Dyke March.
By ARIANE MANDELL
The Chicago Dyke March, an alternative Pride event that billed itself as more inclusive and social-justice oriented than the mainstream Chicago Pride Parade, was the center of controversy this week after it ejected three participants for waving rainbow flags that featured the Star of David.
According to a report in The Windy City Times, the three members were told to leave the parade because the flags “made people feel unsafe” and that the Dyke March was a “anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian” space. Continue Reading »
Meet a few, empowered by the freer flow of information & ideas, Muslims & Arabs who know the truth is not what they’ve been taught since birth, and who have openly identified themselves as Zionists.
By Noah Beck
Muslims and Arabs who openly identify as Zionists are growing in number – powered by the freer flow of information and ideas made possible by social media and the search for answers in the wake of the Arab Spring and Islamist terror.
A new Facebook page for Arab supporters of Israel has attracted about 20,000 followers. The page, which shares content in English, Arabic, and Hebrew, was founded by a religious Jewish woman and an Arab man. Continue Reading »
Consisting largely of Muslim Bedouins, along with Christians and Muslim Arabs, who all volunteered for IDF service, the March 2016 induction of Desert Reconnaissance Battalion soldiers were sworn in on Thursday, having completed their rigorous basic training.
By Yoav Zitun
The swearing-in ceremony for the March 2016 cycle of Desert Reconnaissance Battalion soldiers was held on Thursday at the Memorial Monument to the Bedouin Warriors with the majority of the sworn-in soldiers being Muslim. Before their commanders and families, the soldiers, mostly Bedouins with some Muslim and Christian Arabs who volunteered to join the IDF, swore allegiance to the State of Israel and its defense. Continue Reading »
Incredibly ‘wise beyond his years’ interview:
Stating eloquently that Israeli Arabs should be thankful for the Jewish state, Muhammad Zoabi, 16, angers his famous cousin, who’s a staunch pro-Palestinian leader an Member of the Israel Knesset.
Muhammad Zoabi, 16, an Arab Muslim from Nazareth, is causing anger in Muslim circles, and considerable joy in Jewish ones, by stating in a unique interview that he is a Zionist and loves the state of Israel.
“I really believe that I’m a lucky Arab and a lucky human being and a lucky Middle Eastern[er] that I was born in this little tiny piece of land!”, Continue Reading »
Jordanian cleric, Sheikh Adwan writes Mecca, not Jerusalem, is the Muslim homeland – and the Koran proves it.
“According to our faith, Allah promised Israel to the Jewish people, and they are the sole official inheritors of that land. Therefore, the war of Muslims and Arabs against the Jews must stop, and they must let the Jews live in peace on their land.” writes Sheikh Ahmad Adwan.
By Tova Dvorin
The My Yesha Shabbat pamphlet, sponsored by the Yesha Council, features an article this week calling Israel “the Land of the Jews” – by none other than a Muslim Sheikh. Continue Reading »