Culture of violence? Palestinian Arab children play with toy guns
Culture of violence? Palestinian Arab children play with toy gunsFlash 90

He was introduced as a "moderate," but Walid Salem is a member of the Palestinian National Council of the PLO, the Palestine Liberation Organisation. That says it all. To be a Moderate would be a contradiction.

Hear his twisted views about the Palestinian Israeli dispute, as he presented them to influence a gathering of the foreign media: "Israel (is) a State created at the expense of other people", "Stop settling in my territory", "Stop attacking me", Do your responsibility".                      

These are just some of his "moderate neutral" pronouncements. If you are inclined to believe that there is a moderate element among the Palestinian elite, think again. When you press their right buttons, their unadulterated views ooze out unabated as you will hear.

Also: Racism and discrimination are rampant in Israel, as Tsega Melaku explains. While every new group of immigrants experiences its share of such difficulties for a relatively short period until they manage to integrate into Israeli society, there is  one group that is yet to be accepted into the greater whole, even after 30 years in the country.                           

Most of our Ethiopian brothers and sisters, even those born and bred here have great difficulty to be accepted on equal terms with the rest of us.  

Admittedly, the vicious circle of little basic education leading to difficulties in entering further education and hence lack of opportunities are a contributing factor;  but according to Tseka Melaku, Ethiopians are perceived by the general Israeli public as a minority and fit only as low manual workers. Her experiences and those of her community will move you and make you think.

Israeli Officer Tzion Shankuer                                               
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