To protest the law, hundreds of Israelis showed up for a mass Arabic lesson in a Tel Aviv square on Monday night, and a Jewish political satirist, Tom Aharon, announced that his weekly television program would carry Arabic subtitles at least until the end of the current season. A major demonstration is planned for Saturday.
A Druse journalist, Riad Ali, delivered an impassioned six-minute monologue on the public broadcast channel during a prime-time newsmagazine show, saying the law had “confirmed the killing of my Israeli dream” and had turned Druse soldiers into “mercenaries.” Mordechai Kremnitzer, a former dean of law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, a nonpartisan research center, said he was “ashamed” as a “Zionist patriot” and broke down in tears during a radio interview.
Galia Halabi, 43, who works in her family’s toy and bric-a-brac shop in Daliyat el-Karmel’s center, said: “There are no words to describe the pain and sorrow caused to the Druse. In short, it’s shameful.”
In his cellular phone shop and lab in the town’s old core, Anan Shami, 28, said his father had fought in the 1948 and 1967 wars, his brother in the 2006 Lebanon war, and he in Gaza in 2014.
Moustached, and wearing traditional baggy pants and a white cap, he said that Jethro, a chief prophet in the Druse religion, had crossed the Red Sea with Moses, his son-in-law, and “since then we have had a covenant of blood.”
He noted that a Druse police officer was killed during a 2014 Palestinian terrorist attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem, defending strictly Orthodox worshipers who probably did not enlist.
“Tell the war dead in the cemetery that they made you second-class casualties,” Mr. Shami said. “For what were they killed? What did they fight for?”
Orignially published in NYT.