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March 06, 2009

A Bedouin Arab Slams Apartheid Week

Ishmael Khaldi is the Israeli vice consul based in San Francisco. Khaldi is also, as he explains in a recent SF Chronicle Op-Ed, "a Bedouin and the highest-ranking Muslim representing the Israel in the United States. I was born into a Bedouin tribe in Northern Israel, one of 11 children, and began life as shepherd living in our family tent."

The Op-Ed is not about his life, though. It's a message to student organizers of Apartheid Week, a gathering of anti-Israel extremists who seek to delegitimize the Jewish state.

This, among other things, is what he has to say to them:

• "You are part of the problem, not part of the solution."
• "You deny Israel the fundamental right of every society to defend itself."
• "Your criticism is willfully hypocritical."
• "You are betraying the moderate Muslims and Jews who are working to achieve peace."

He elaborates thoughtfully on each point, so it's worth reading the entire piece.

Posted by GI at March 6, 2009 09:28 AM


The link to the complete piece is broken.

Posted by: Guest at March 6, 2009 01:05 PM

Thanks -- it should work now.

Posted by: GI at March 6, 2009 02:29 PM

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