There are many different ways for a minority community to gain respect and recognition. Some try to melt into a society, becoming indistinguishable from the rest of the majority community. Some try to excel and rise above the suspicions and stereotypes pointed at them by the majority community. Some become more patriotic than the patriots. Some use the political system to struggle for an equal place with the majority.
And then there are some who turn hostile and seek to undermine the majority through deception and even treason.
In one of the most serious cases of espionage in Israeli history, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) revealed Wednesday that former Balad chairman Azmi Bishara was under investigation for allegedly spying on behalf of Hizbullah during the Second Lebanon War by providing the guerrilla group with targets for their rockets, as well as classified military information.
Azmi Bishara was more than just an Israeli Arab whose anger against Israel pushed him into spying for an enemy. He was the head of a political party thatÂ competed with otherÂ partiesÂ to represent all Israeli Arabs. He was a politician who swore toÂ represent the values and ideals of hisÂ constituency and to work with other entities to promote the greater good of the state of Israel.Â Â
Yet, he used his position to betrayÂ a country that gave himÂ more power and freedom andÂ wealth than any other state in the region has given its own people. No other state in the Middle East givesÂ Arabs opportunities for advancement like Israel does.
Yet, Azmi Bishara, a leader of his people, sought the path ofÂ betrayal.
Israeli ArabsÂ have beenÂ hoodwinked by their own leaders and are being led down a pathÂ of no return. I truly hope and pray that they willÂ wake up and change the path that they areÂ on. The alternative is terrible tragedy.
Thanks again to Marallyn for an excellentÂ entry. Visit her blog, Shalom from Jerusalem, and read the other great entries. Â Â