A Muslim’s Perspective On The Israeli Flag

Responding to my flag piece in Haaretz, the ever-talented and always thought-provoking Raquel Evita Saraswati has written an entry worth your attention. Here is an excerpt:

Last year, a friend and I were returning home after an afternoon out, and decided to take a longer route than usual. On the way, we passed a Jewish temple. We quickly noticed the prominence of the building, but more so we noticed the prominence of the flag waving above it.

The Israeli flag was striking for one reason: while the building itself was certainly impressive, the stature of the building seemed almost an afterthought beneath the flag itself. A shadow, almost. But how could an enormous building be a mere shadow of cloth?

We noted how odd it must have looked to passersby: a hijab-clad woman pondering the facade of a Jewish temple in the middle of the quite secular city. I’ll admit – we even shared a laugh about how strange it must have looked.

As we stood there, someone was making their way to the entrance for a service that evening. The person smiled and — what? Held the door open for us, thinking we were actually on our way inside.

Talk about crumbling walls. No, this didn’t break down the heinous checkpoints in Gaza or bring down the firing posts looming from atop the wall hideously marking the Middle Eastern skyline. But it certainly threw me for a loop. I was being invited in, hijab and all. There was absolutely no animosity, fear, or hesitation in this stranger’s eyes. I declined the invitation, but was left with something to reflect on for the evening.

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One response to “A Muslim’s Perspective On The Israeli Flag

  1. Asi es Roi, David Ben-Gurion tenia toda la razón del mundo, la bandera es un símbolo de unidad, representa un grupo. Es como el uniforme. O las botas que usan los neonazis. Te quitas las botas y eres un ciudadano normal, te las pones y entonces eres un neonazi que pertenece a un grupo nazi y ya puedes ir por las calles de Barcelona insultando a la gente.
    Me gustó tu artículo en Haaretz pero quiero detenerme en el párrafo donde comentas que tu amigo árabe-israelí te confesó que él no se veía representado en la bandera de Israel.
    Evidentemente este hombre no se siente ciudadano del estado israelí, la bandera no es excluyente, es él mismo que en su corazón rechaza su propio país y los símbolos patrios.

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