[Hi-tech Discrimination Against Arabs]
Ari Bussel email
Edited by John R. Houk
Posted April 24, 2022
Ari Bussel shared an email with which I had to do a little deciphering to understand the chain of who sent what.
Apparently a Pablo Nankin, MD sent a link to Ari Bussel and Zvi Raviv to an article whining about discrimination conducted by Jews in Israel against Arab-Israelis, Arabs living Judea-Samaria and among the Arab denizens (er I mean citizens) living under Palestinian Authority rule.
The link article: These Arabs Are Fighting the Old Boys Club of Israeli Hi-tech – With British Help, Only 1 percent of the Arab workforce is employed in Israeli hi-tech: ‘We don’t serve in Unit 8200, so we need to strengthen our skills in other places’; By Maria Rashed; HAARETZ; 4/17/22
For American readers who are unaware, HAARETZ is a Israeli Left-Wing publication dishing out Left-Wing propaganda much like the NY Times or WaPo.
The bulk of Ari’s email sets the record straight opposing the blatant propaganda in HAARETZ. My inclination is to share on the Left-Right divide that exists in Israel just as it does in the USA, but I sense that might dilute Ari’s very essential message. So, I recuse my opinion.
In Ari’s email a response from Zvi Raviv follows Ari’s thoughts. It is short in length and I believe it is a good precursor to the Ari response. Thus, I place toward the beginning.
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[Hi-tech Discrimination Against Arabs]
Email between Pablo Nankin, MD; Zvi Raviv & Ari Bussel
Sent to me 4/23/2022 11:07 PM
Zvi Raviv – 4/22/22 1:12 AM
I read the article and not only the captions.
If there are 1.4% of Arabs employed by the Hi-Tech as compared to 10.7% of Jews and considering that Jews outnumber the Arabs by a margin of 4 to 1, that means that the comparison is not 1 in 10, but rather 1 compared to 2.5.
The article was written by an Arab journalist that interviewed participants of one project not taking into consideration that there are several initiatives to include Arabs in the Hi-Tech industry such as entrepreneur Erel Margalit who not only employs Arabs in Israel but has invested in the PA as well.
The writer is right. Arabs don’t serve in the Army and many initiatives are born during the years of Military service. The writer didn’t include in the article that many of the Israeli employed in Hi-tech is involved in Security projects from iron dome to Cyber and obviously the Arab sector is not represented there.
I think that the comment that the Arabs are underrepresented because “there are no connections overseas” is a major BS. what about 23 Arab Countries or 56 Muslim Countries. many Israeli companies have contacts there even without the language. the Israeli Arab doesn’t understand that he (or She) can be the strongest BRIDGE between Israel and the Arab World??
A few occupations in Israel are becoming more and more a “domain” of the Arab community, such as Doctors or Pharmacists. The numbers of Arabs employed as such are a product of local incentives and the “Status” that a Dr. attains in his or her society.
I am the chair of the General assembly of the largest Teachers’ College in Jerusalem the David Yellin College. we have more than 20% Arabs in our classes (their ratio of the society) and we are about to open a special Campus in east Jerusalem. We found out that contrary to incitement against Israel and Jews in general, they know nothing about us because they were kept apart by their leadership which reflects in other areas!!
I hope these facts clarify the situation.
Have a Happy Pesaj
Ari Bussel to Pablo’s 4/21/22 11:00 PM email link
Shared with John Houk 4/23/2022 11:07 PM
First, Tzi’s reply is very much appreciated – for its content, for taking the time and given the position he chairs.
Second, the philanthropy, concern and springing-to-action by the Brits is admirable and exemplary. What a pity they did not, first, focus on the Muslim population in London and the UK, providing equal opportunities and networking-possibilities to it; then on Africa, where Christians are regularly slaughtered, burned, raped, sold for slavery and otherwise persecuted.
May I add the following?
—> Whining & Constant Blaming
Israeli Arabs (they do not refer to themselves as “Israeli” or “Arabs” anymore) like to cry: They are underprivileged. They receive less funding for infrastructure. Netanyahu (now the current government) is at fault for violence in their midst. Always, without exception, someone else is at fault; someone else is responsible. They are fairies floating around, doing good, and the world owes everything to them.
The pinnacle of audacity was at the height of the Pandemic, when the Government apparently was not doing enough; not broadcasting in Arabic; not taking care of them with a very special, gloved-hands treatment. Because they, and they alone, deserve extra-treatment before and beyond anyone else (of the sort “the virus should not affect you, because you are so very special”).
Alas, one of their most outspoken leaders, and a former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, is a doctor by profession. He could (should) have utilized the same air time he spent on bashing the (Jewish) Government of Israel addressing his people (a leader to his people) in their language (Arabic) as a doctor, explaining the situation, the little that was known and the steps each and every person should take.
He could also have utilized his entire network of political activists and entire connections network to mobilize Arab-speakers to address the community. But he chose instead to direct his actions against Jewish Israel [rather] than the Virus.
Easier to attack than to do something.
—> Merit Based / Competition
The Arabs expect a special treatment. They are already at a major advantage: They have all the rights as any other Israeli citizen, without the obligations (i.e. obligatory military service; and most of them do not pay taxes either, and they build as they wish without permits).
So the argument in the article is that their being “excluded” from military intelligence top unit 8-200 is the root cause of all evil. Yet, there is an emphasis how very successful they are as doctors in the medical profession.
If this argument holds, then a mandatory national service (same length or longer as the military service), part of which can be in various medical-related fields may yield not only excellence but also innovation and an entire network of connections!
But the Arabs will fight tooth and nail against mandatory service. They got used to demanding all the privileges without having any obligations whatsoever. (Such laziness of action and fierceness of spirit is not limited to them – Charedi Jews in Israel are similarly used to “study” all day, while their wives raise a lot of kids and need to take care of everything; and the men fight any attempt to enlist them to service, so they find themselves backward in many basic subjects.)
If we return for a second to 8-200, only the most capable will ever be admitted there, the top-of-the-top, those who show most promise, potential and actual abilities. The environment is most competitive, and to be admitted to this unit is essentially a guarantee of a very lucrative path going forward. So very few achieve that path, even among the “white, Jewish, privileged Israelis.” (I am not sure what is the exact number. But at UCLA, only one in ten of the 130k who have applied is accepted for the freshman class. I presume the probability of being accepted to 8-200 is much, much lower.)
In such an environment (merit-based), those who like to cry and blame constantly would not survive even the first day.
—> The Druze
There is another segment of Israeli society that is very similar to the Arabs. In fact, they look and talk like the Arabs, and are often mistaken to be Arabs. And yet, they are the most loyal non-Jewish citizens of Israel; and they have sacrificed their lives for the Jewish state way more than their relative number in society. The percentage of Druze enlisting for military service is some 96% (for Israeli Jews it is somewhere about 50-60%); although only the men enlist (women are prohibited on religious grounds).
The Druze are equally as disadvantaged as the Arabs in terms of Government investment in education, infrastructure, employment opportunities, etc.
Some years ago, there was a decision to try and “right part of the previous lack-of-attention” by channeling special budgets and providing special opportunities to the Druze community.
Alas, there was an outcry, the Supreme Court got involved and a decision was rendered that this cannot be. It will be discriminatory. And so everything was scrapped.
How noble of good Israelis and the Israeli Supreme Court to make sure that everyone is treated equally. King Solomon should have listened to the mother who said “neither for you nor for me” and allowed the child to be cut in half. The Supreme Court decision would have made him proud.
It was at that time exactly that we were in Israel, being asked to give money for various projects in the Druze community. We visited schools intended to bring excellence and jumpstart the ability to enter into high tech jobs; and the news hit.
—> Look at the Source – Find the Angle
So why the Brits and why Ha’Aretz? Almost like the 1619 Project by the NY Times (if you did not know, our own American history did not start in 1776 as a nation, but in 1619; and you – Pablo – and I are both privileged, White men who are racists; not to mention Jews… – the hatred (thus insanity) knows no boundaries!).
Israeli Arabs, like any other Israelis, can excel in Universities (and colleges). Hi-tech of all industries does not discriminate based on the color of one’s skin, religion, political views, etc. It is blind to all except sheer intelligence, street-smarts, ability to create and innovate.
It is for this reason that the BDS movement and hatred did not spread as easily among exact sciences as it does in the social sciences. Thus, there must be a way to attack Israel and convert hearts and minds. This article is just an opening shot.
If someone is good, he or she will be snapped and utilized – both for doing good and for doing evil. Look at Hackers (in Gaza, Morocco and elsewhere – they are the first to attack Israel during any conflict). Or look at all the miracles that come from Israel, all these bio-, nano- and so many other technologies. Ha’Aretz and the Arabs will find excuses and a way to blame Israel for the disproportionate number of Nobel Laureates who are Jewish.
Sophistication and achievements can be attained – look at Iran, or Iranians doing post-docs in the US. The real question is toward what end is all this being utilized (end of Israel vs. excellence and doing good).
Arabs are not excluded because of lack of connections. No one guarantees an easy access or a rose garden. Disappointments, hard work and dedication are necessary and part of the journey of anyone, be she in Israel, the US or elsewhere. But Arabs like to cry, and they want to be jumped to the head of the line, they absolutely expect and demand (they are owed) the easy road to immediate success.
—> Effective Weapons Against Us
Look how with very little means, one achieves so much publicity. The investment in flying and hosting six Israeli Arabs in the UK pays a thousand-fold dividends, as we can wrangle with Israel – it is discriminatory, it does not want equality and success for all, it IS Apartheid! ISRAEL IS EVIL! So let us boycott the computers and smart phones we use!
Then again, the Brits were always on our side. During the Mandate, for instance, they went to my aunt and uncle’s Kibbutz (Yagur) on a Saturday, to make sure there are no guns or ammunition, for the Jews’ sake of course. (Those damned Jews, all they wanted was to slaughter the Arabs one fine morning, as they did in 1929 and 1936-1939; OOPS – it was not us, stupid, it was the Arabs! [Blog Editor Emphasis])
—> Wants and Wishes
I too want connections. I want to be able to have the ear of the Prime Minister. I want to be invited to the White House. I deserve to be part of my alma mater’s special task force. I want to go to Davos. I expect and demand to win the lottery. I want Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and a few others on my speed dial. And so on. But these are not given or distributed freely. One needs to earn them, sometimes working a lifetime and not achieving any of these specific ones. (And yet, we live a very good, fruitful and rewarding lives.)
—> Israel – The Theater of the Absurd
Zvi provides an example of an Israeli who employs Arabs and invested in the PA. Remember the most evil “Settlements?” As one tours the factories there – in Judea and Samaria – one finds Arabs (those who call themselves “Palestinian” but are unable to pronounce the word) who earn a multiple of what they would make anywhere else, and yet – we are told we must boycott these places of business!
No matter what Israel does, Israel finds herself at fault. Nothing she ever does is enough.
Take i24, a news organization based in Jaffe (part of the hyphenated TLV-Jaffe). Hundreds of people work there at any given moment around the clock, including a lot of Arabs, desks and desks of Arabs.
If one looks for loyalty, gratitude or appreciations, do not bother to look there.
Or let us enlarge our focus and include the entire Israel. The same Arabs that demand more and more are those who malign Israel, support her enemies and will do everything to bring to her demise.
But these are exactly the same Arabs that when offered to live under PA rule, as part of “two states, side by side” object most vehemently.
Arabs know that the best place for them is under Jewish rule in the Jewish State of Israel, between the River and the Sea. They have equal rights and no obligations. They can serve in the Parliament, in the Government, on the Supreme Court. They work as doctors and professors. Let them cultivate all these connections, of people from within their community who have achieved the pinnacle of success to advance themselves, to bring their entire community up and forward.
Alas, they prefer to cry and moan, to blame and never take any responsibility. Blame Israel! Claim what is not deserved and has not been earned. Turn to the world and demand corrective action.
Wait a second, is that not what the so-called “Palestinian” have been doing for a few decades now? The method (and madness) works.
Maybe the UN will create a new agency to support Israeli Arabs in their quest to take over the hi-tech sector.
Then again, we must put things in perspective: These Israeli Arabs are in a thousand-fold better position than their brethren in the Arab world, where a majority of the population is under 30, illiterate or with very little education, unemployed and constantly brainwashed by radical Imams in mosques.
Stop whining, Israeli Arabs. Be thankful. Work to better your own society. Be grateful. Show it. Or go to Syria or Yemen, Sudan or Iraq, and see what life is like there. Go and stay there if you find paradise.
But leave the “old (white, privileged, Jewish) boys club” alone, for Israel is the source of good and laboratory of innovation for the world. Please do not spoil that too.