A ‘Palestinian’ youth stands with Israel in the face of constant threats on his life
‘Am Yisrael Chai!’. 17-year-old Palestinian youth unabashed about support for Israel, despite constant threats against him.
Standing up for one’s principles is not always an easy task. This is readily apparent upon reading the personal credo of Mahdi Satri, 17, a young Palestinian Arab from the village of Jadeidi-Makr in northern Israel.
Satri, a staunch Zionist and supporter of Israel, explained in an interview with The Algemeinerhow hard it is to hold such beliefs in the midst of constant threat: “I receive regular threats from both Arab Israelis and Palestinians, via social media and by phone,” said Mahdi. “And I’m afraid, but I won’t let those who support terrorism and oppose peace deter me.”
According to the interview, Satri was imbued with Zionist feeling from his father, who moved to Israel from Gaza 30 years ago and worked for Israeli security forces. “My father worked with the IDF and the Shin Bet,” he said. “And I am going to join the Israeli army when I finish my university degree.”
Despite holding strongly to his beliefs, Satri describes that he feels a constant danger to his life for his views. In a personal credo posted on the website BDS Guide entitled “Know that I died a dreamer,” Satri writes:
“I’m writing now with tears running down my face. I had a very long trip, and I’ll continue in this trip until the last drop of blood in my body. But I just wanted to share with you my sadness, my tears, and my pain.
“It’s really very hard to be a Zionist inside an Arab village. A village full of hatred. I really think that the end is near. Many people are threatening me. People are promoting incitement against me in the mosques. I never ever thought that it would lead to this situation. I’m afraid to go to the shop near my house. I’m afraid to hang out in my village. I’m living in fear, the fear of getting stabbed in the street. And after that no one will remember me. No one will have that Arab who’s fighting for his goal, because I’m just encouraging the Israeli Arabs to stand against terrorism and to speak out.
“I became a target. A target for everyone. A target for the Palestinians. A target for my village’s citizens. A target for Hamas. A target for every single man in this world. I’ve never thought that to speak the truth about my beloved country would lead to becoming a victim. When I started my way, I did take it in my hands that I might be killed because of this, but not in this way. I’m just staying home all
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