Yesterday was another great day for supporting Israel. We were ‘tabling’ out in our local Farmer’s Market for the Tzofim (Israeli Scouts)–that our strong Israeli advocacy groups are bringing to town to perform in June.
Everyone who stopped by had positive comments to make and interesting questions to ask. One older man identifying himself as a ‘Christian who loves Jewish culture’ wanted to ask about his neighbor, a person he identified as a ‘Jew by pedigree’–who never expresses support for Israel.
His question was simply “Why don’t more people stand up for Israel?” I tried to explain to him that many supporters of Israel remain silent either because they feel they are alone, or because they don’t know actual facts about the situation on the ground–and feel uncomfortable talking about Israel.
This conversation made me think that it is time for me to put one fact per day into this blog–for you supporters of Israel to use the next time you encounter someone who doesn’t know the facts.
So here is the first ‘Israelstreet Fact of the Day’:
Israel is often accused by Israel bashers of ethnically cleansing its Arab population:
In 1949, the Arab population in Israel: 159,000 (13.5%)
In 2011, the Arab population in Israel: 1,573,000 (20.4%)
So the next time someone tells you that the Arab population is being eradicated, give them these statistics.
Finally, I’d like to thank you, dear readers, for your ever increasing support of this blog. What do all of these places have in common? Caracas, Venezuela; Lima, Peru; Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Lagos, Nigeria; Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; Jakarta, Indonesia; Tyumen, Russia; Nesttun, Norway; Galati, Romania; Melli, Iran; Dehli, India; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Windsor, Canada; Zhuhai, China; Seoul, Korea; Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia; Riga, Latvia; Kiev, Ukraine? They are home to readers of this blog. Thank you again for continuing to stand up for Israel!