Picture it: Apartheid South Africa 1986 and PW Botha announces that a Black South African has been admitted to the Foreign Services department and will soon become the first Black South African diplomat.
Not possible right? That's because an apartheid state enforces outright racial discrimination and separation in every aspect of everyday life.
|Rania Jubran, a 26 year-old lawyer from Haifa, is about to make history and become the first Israeli-Arab ever to be accepted to the prestigious Foreign Ministry cadet training course.|
Jubran successfully passed a rigorous series of tests and evaluations and is due to start the course this coming April. If she completes her training, she will be the first Arab diplomat to be admitted to the Foreign Service through the course, Israel's leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday.
Should he go on and become an ambassador she will not be the first Arab to represent Israel abroad. In 1995 Ali Yahia was appointed Israel's ambassador to Finland. However he did not go through the Service's training course.
The Head Heeb points out that the small number of Arabs that represent Israel in these positions has much to do with the high socio-economic gaps in Israel. As in many first world countries the minority often struggles at the low end of the economy scale. And this is the case with the Arabs living in Israel. As in most countries "children of middle-class families start the race with a considerable lead."
Now imagine the Palestinians create a society comparable to Israel's allowing many Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria to stay in the land after a Palestinian state is established. I long for the day when we see a Jewish ambassador of this Palestinian state.