Wednesday, February 13, 2008

An Arab City in Israel

Israel's Interior Minister has come up with an idea to build an "Arab City" in Israel. There are a number of Arabs who are Israeli citizens; about 20% of the population or 1.2 million according to the BBC article.

I'm really split on this issue. On the one hand, a new city sounds great. On the other, my cynical side says "this is a way to get rid of some of the Arab population." Think about it. How would you feel if the US Interior Secretary, a white man, said he wanted to build a "Black City" north of Washington, D.C.? You'd be screaming racism. So is it different for Arabs?

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