A news title caught my attention this morning. I was thinking I was more tolerant towards Israeli story recently after frequently scrolling through Ynet. I was reading an article about a special unit that is growing to fight “terrorism” “us”, and the heroic investigative article and operation they held in Anata some days ago. I was also taken by an article that exposes Arab media that calls for the Arab youth to stat away from certain media pages, on Facebook such as that of the army spokesperson. There was also an interesting article about the fuss that was made by the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs against the French consulate in Jerusalem and the cultural center that was posting a vacancy or something stating that the location is in East Jerusalem (Safra Square). I do understand that east Jerusalem today is those roads that are somehow alienated slowly from the old city and some neighborhoods along the settlements. I do understand that the Israeli public doesn’t need to learn anything about the green line and what is “official” East and what is officially “west”. After all, Oslo stated that Jerusalem is in the final stage of a never coming solution.
Again and again, despite my sensitivity in reading Israeli headlines and what comes inside them, they still remain more credible than the Palestinian media.
There is actually no credible source for media inside Palestine except that of Israel, especially these days. Our news states headlines with no context. A Palestinian executed and becoming a Shahid, and then rallies in funerals, bereaved families or celebrating. It is all becoming the same. Big silence at the government end. Everything seems like another day of business. The president receives visitor, the prime minister issues vacation days and open ceremonies. Salaries are the same argument. Hamas and Fateh are still fighting and accusing each other.
In the Israeli media, you can also see the soft side of the Netanyahu’s, with an article about their dog that bit a Knesset member and the story of the saving of that dog by the Netanyahu son.
Among the other nice things that show the best of the Israeli society is today’s article: Gay Iranian poet flees persecution, finds himself in Israel.
No one told him of course that three people were stabbed and killed last year in the gay parade in Jerusalem. After all, anonymous killings by fanatic “minorities” don’t count.
I had to read through the whole article to see if this Iranian was a Muslim. Information that was skipped all along the article. I made some tiny research to be assured that Tehran has 13 active synagogues, five Jewish schools, two kindergartens and a 100 bed Jewish hospital. They have active communities in Shiraz, Isfahan and Kermanshah. (http://forward.com/news/319269/irans-jews-win-secure-place-in-mullahs-world-with-strings-attached/).
I am sure it is not the best place to be as a first class citizen in a country like Iran in accordance to what we learnt from the west. And I am sure a second-class citizen in a Jew wouldn’t be too much of a luxury.
What made me think that the man is a Jew that in the description of his looks in the article and later in the photo they have for him a Star of David is tattooed on his neck.
Of course I don’t care if the man comes to Israel or he doesn’t. He is fleeing or not. he is a gay or not … that Israel is the haven for gays or not ..
That part of eluding the reader is what marks our minds. The moment we read the word Iran and Israel. Coming together, it quickly reflects the title that was carefully put for that article.
But more to a Palestinian like me was the sentence that the article started with: …He is visiting Israel, Iran’s archenemy and a country known for its tolerance towards gays.
Israel tolerance towards something.
A word I find myself asking every single day (no exaggeration) when I pass the checkpoint with a smile from the nice Israeli soldiers who think that I cannot be a Palestinian (using my psychological tips on just moving in front of them as an Israeli. with my Arab, Israeli, Italian, Spanish confusing appeal).
What if they made a decision to treat us with some tolerance? What if they just make people pass without this dehumanizing technique that is branded with intolerance. What if they look into these Palestinian eyes and tell him you are a fellow human. Not that “goyim” education that is so natural, it makes classifications fall into a normal order of a country that intolerance is the tattoo that engraves it with the enclaves of apartheid and discrimination.