weekend, I was lucky enough to perform at the annual convention of the American Federation of Ramallah Palestine in Washington, DC. I performed in three comedy shows, and I can tell you this: Palestinians know how to laugh, especially at themselves.
But I also confirmed something else I always suspected to be true… I met a few couples at the gathering who were, for lack of a better word, mixed. Being Palestinian basically means you can live anywhere except Palestine.
“We can’t tell the girls what to do but we can send a psychologist to their home to offer them and their parents advice,” he said.
Motti Zaft, the deputy mayor, told the Ynet website that the municipality was also cracking down on city homeowners who illegally subdivide apartments to rent them cheaply to single Arab men looking for work in the Tel Aviv area.
He estimated that several hundred Arab men had moved into the city as a result.
Petah Tikva’s hostility to Arab men mixing with local Jewish women is shared by other communities.
In the last 10 years, 60 girls from Pisgat Zeev have gone into [Palestinian] villages [in the West Bank].
And most of them aren’t heard from after that.” He denied that violence or threats were used against Arab men.Even in the handful of “mixed cities,” Arab residents are usually confined to separate neighborhoods.In addition, civil marriage is banned in Israel, meaning that in the small number of cases where Jews and Arabs want to wed, they can do so only by leaving the country for a ceremony abroad. Yuval Yonay, a sociologist at Haifa University, said the number of interracial marriages was “too small to be studied.” “Separation between Jews and Arabs is so ingrained in Israeli society, it is surprising that anyone manages to escape these central controls.” The team in Petah Tikva, a Jewish city of 200,000 residents, was created in direct response to news that two Jewish girls, aged 17 and 19, were accompanying a group of young Arab men when they allegedly beat a Jewish man, Leonard Karp, to death last month on a Tel Aviv beach. The girls’ involvement with the Arab youths has revived general concern that a once-firm taboo against interracial dating is beginning to erode among some young people.In a related development, the Israeli media reported this month that residents of Pisgat Zeev, a large Jewish settlement in the midst of Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, had formed a vigilante-style patrol to stop Arab men from mixing with local Jewish girls.Hostility to intimate relationships developing across Israel’s ethnic divide is shared by many Israeli Jews, who regard such behavior as a threat to the state’s Jewishness.Like any man, anywhere in the world, it all depends entirely on how that man is brought up, and that upbringing depends on a number of socio-economical factors.