Would Apartheid South Africa have allowed any black members of parliament No?
Would Apartheid South Africa have allowed any black people to sit on the Supreme court? No?
Would Apartheid South Africa have appointed any black Ministers? No?
|Labor MK Raleb Majadele (who is sitting in his second Knesset\Parliament - Ed) will be appointed science and technology minister, Defense Minister and Labor Party Chairman Amir Peretz announced yesterday, making him the first Arab minister in Israeli history. |
[Majadele said] "The first Arab Muslim minister in the government of Israel will represent more than a million Arab [citizens] and this is an achievement for equality and domestic peace in the State of Israel."
Majadele also said, "I consider this a precedent-setting move that expresses the integration and representation of the Arab community in the State of Israel. "
The Arab minister also commended Peretz for "striking an important progressive mark."
"Many talk about equality without doing a thing, but Peretz acted," Majadele said.
Labor MK Nadia Hilou welcomed the appointment, calling it a historical step. "This is another step on the way to a life of partnership and coexistence," she said.
Israeli Arabs may suffer varying levels of discrimination...problems faced by many minority groups all over the world. But calling it Apartheid only compels us to ignore the very real problems because we are constantly fighting allegations that make the real problems seem totally insignificant.