ISRAEL - ‘I Would Rather Die Than Sing Israeli Anthem’

Arno Froese

Balad leader Jamal Zahalka mocked Israeli symbols in an interview with the Anashim (People) program on Channel 12.

“I am a Palestinian with an Israeli identity card, but I have no Israeli identity,” Zahalka said.

When asked if he sings “Hatikva,” he said, “I would rather die than sing the Israeli national anthem,” and he complained about “Israel continuing its occupation.”

Asked about the Israeli flag, Zahalka said, “Any flag for me is a rag. It’s a piece of cloth. It’s a lot worse than a rag.”

Zahalka is a member of the Joint List that combined four Arab parties ahead of the last election. He succeeded as Balad chairman Azmi Bishara, who fled Israel in 2007 while under investigation for passing information to Hezbollah during the previous year’s Second Lebanon War. Bishara currently resides in Doha, where he is the director of a think tank and is reportedly close to Qatar’s royal family, a major sponsor of Hamas., 12 December 2017

Arno's commentary

There are not many countries, if any, where an elected member of the Knesset (parliament) can insult the national identity in such a shameful and degrading manner, yet still keep his political post. Thus, one sees, when it comes to political freedom to make outright anti-national denigrating statements, Israel is second to none. It is the real “land of the free.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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