Israel biased against “Allahu Akbar”
Suhail Kiwan is shocked that some Arabs are reacting so passively to a proposed Israeli bill that will turn down or silence the volume of the Azan (Call to Prayer) in mixed Palestinian cities. “Naturally, a governmental decision to stop the Azan at dawn has become a burning issue among Arabs. A naïve person might support the bill on the grounds that the public address systems at dawn are disturbing. Some even say that the decision is not totally illogical and racist as a Jew, a Christian, or a Muslim who doesn’t pray won’t be disturbed by the Fajir Azan. Others justify it by saying that workers will have more hours to sleep and babies won’t be roused prematurely. In this context the bill sounds reasonable,” writes Kiwan. “However, the real reason behind this bill is Israel’s aim to erase the heritage, history and identity of the Palestinian people. The Azan is a sign of our continued existence in our country, particularly in mixed cities where the Palestinian identity is being obliterated. With our long experience of Israeli bias we know how the system works. We will not accept these ridiculous excuses to force their racism on us. As for the Arabs who defend this bill, they should realise that they are blind to the true nature of this conflict.” Regarding the upset victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential race and its impact on the Middle East, Abdullah Bin Bijad Al-Otaibi writes: “Without a doubt, the region will breathe a sigh of relief on the political level. Donald Trump and the Republican Party understand the Middle East. They know who poses a real threat to US and its allies’ interests. In the Middle East the most important allies are the GCC and Egypt. The people who fear Trump don’t understand the reality. Trump is a threat to terrorism, not Islam, and to the Muslim Brotherhood, not Muslims. Trump has Muslim business partners and has Muslims working in his hotels and companies without being biased in any way. We all know that campaign speeches differ from political resolutions; the former is meant to attract voters while the latter aims at high interests. The campaign against Trump was brutal, yet the American voters made their choice. When Americans took to the streets to express their dismay at the result, the media called it ‘The American Spring’ after ‘The Arab Spring’, which we all now know was nothing but a ‘Radical Spring.” Al-Otaibi admits that some of Trump’s statements were racist and unacceptable, but “his policy will show the true nature of his agenda when he commences his first term in January”.