This is a guest post by Amani:
Living in Israel is perhaps one of the greatest riddles I could face in my life. As a Palestinian, Israeli, Muslim, Arab, and myself. What a weird combination right?!! Well, yes, I think that way too. I mean, I know I am a Palestinian, I feel people suffering on the other side of the border, I understand them, and I know what they think and how they think, I identify a lot with many things they express as simple people, and here I am speaking about the people and not the politicians who are not representing even themselves. And I am an Israeli, I live here, I work, study and have some bad stupid Israeli habits, I see things from Israelis perspective. As a Muslim and an Arab woman I also see things from certain perspective and live things according to a certain way because of my Muslim identity.
Yet what's interesting about this combination which I embrace within my identity and personality, is despite the fact that I can accumulate and can gather all of these somehow contradictory titles; I am still struggling to live peacefully, and respectfully in this country. The Israeli government has reached a very dangerous stage where it is driven by a group right wing extremists, spreading hatred, and ciaos all around. The current government rushes to legislate laws to prevent this and that from speaking, or from traveling, or from living in a certain area. It deprives locals from their right to work in certain places, acquire a specific field of specialty, minimizes opportunities, and basically it is constantly closing the faucet in the face of its minorities; which in return maximizes the split between the various heterogeneous sides of the Israeli society.
I believe that difference is a privilege. If the government and policy makers would at some point understand how gifted this country is for its heterogeneity and act in their positions and policy taking according to this understanding; this country would reach far more than now. Because if you look at israel's status in the world, it is perhaps one of the worst, especially starting from the point where Liberman became a minister of exterior. Once the government starts to work on equality among its citizens regardless of race, color, ethnicity or any background; only then it would flourish and lead the world in many areas.
But as a citizen of this county, as someone who sees it following the path of the unknown, I do not see the light at the end of the tunnel. I rather see a dark road with endless thorns hurting everyone trying to walk peacefully in the place which is ironically categorized as democratic!