Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A Small Step Forward



Only time will tell if its a case of too little too late, or the beginning of a trend; whether this will be considered tokenism not to be repeated, or whether this will go down as significant day.

Today, after 56 years and 8 month Israel has nominated an Arab to a cabinet position. Barring unforeseen circumstance, MK Raleb Majadele of Labour will take his seat at the cabinet table next week.

Mazal Tov !!

Arabs make up roughly 20% of the Israeli population.

On the other hand it took the U.S 179 years to appoint Frederic Morrow, the first Black to its Cabinet. That was in 1955. And one might reasonably argue that the situation of Arabs in Israel today is not dissimilar to that of Blacks in the U.S. in the 1955. Lets hope that 52 years from now Arabs in Israel have it better then Blacks in the U.S. today.

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