Arab Town in Galilee Paints Dome of Mosque Blue and White to Show Solidarity with Israel; Mayor of Town Embraces Jews as Cousins
Teresa Neumann (April 8, 2008)
"Jews, Muslims, we are all cousins, right? We decided to paint the mosque's dome, the most important, dear, and holy site for us, in the national colors. We are all citizens of the state of Israel."
(Israel)—Amid the talk of war and tension surrounding the 60th anniversary of the rebirth of Israel it is refreshing, if not miraculous, that there is a least one example of solidarity coming out of that nation.
According to a report in Haaretz, villagers in the Arab-Israeli town of A-Taibeh in the Galilee near the Gilboa have decided to buck the trend by many Arabs to boycott Israel's anniversary celebrations and actually paint the dome of their local mosque in blue and white—Israel's national colors. (Photo: maps.jpost.com)
Said A-Taibeh's mayor, Hisham Zuabi, "We are residents of Israel. Our religion encourages love and closeness among nations. Jews, Muslims, we are all cousins, right?" He added, "We decided to paint the mosque's dome, the most important, dear, and holy site for us, in the national colors. We are all citizens of the state of Israel. As far as we are concerned, there is no difference here between Jews, Muslims, and Christians."
The report also quoted Zuabi as saying that village residents don't fear reprisals because of their decision, but rather they hope it will serve to unite Arabs and Jews. "The goal is purification, coexistence," said Zoabi. "A Jew who enters the mosque will not feel hostility, but rather will feel at home."