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Meet the Valedictorian of 'Israel's MIT': Muslim, Female, Feminist, and a Voice for Academic Freedom

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The reigning valedictorian of the medical school at Israel's Technion - the country's oldest university, dating back to 1912 - is a Muslim-Arab woman from a Nazareth-area village. The Technion is informally known as "Israel's MIT."

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Fred H (31)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 11:05 pm
Anyone who brands Israel as an "apartheid state" is either ignorant or a liar.

Alexa R (319)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 11:36 pm
Fantastic, thanks for bringing it to our attention Fred.

I quote: "Ali-Selah said that because she did medical research, the boycott did not negatively impact her work, but sooner or later, she said that it will impinge upon academic researchers she knows, both Jews and Arabs.

On a recent trip to Europe, she recalls, people were surprised to learn that Israeli Arabs study engineering and medicine and that they live among Jews."

Carola May (20)
Monday July 22, 2013, 1:10 am
Very good! But I'll bet you won't read this story on the front page of Care 2's Daily News or any mainstream western media with their pro-muslim blinders on and their anti-Israel bigotry.

Stan B (123)
Monday July 22, 2013, 1:27 am
Great story and thanks for posting, Fred. I can't add a lot to what's already been so eloquently said.
Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and, as such, gives all its people equal opportunities.
I wonder how many Jews attend Muslim universities. I think we all know the answer to that one.

Hilary S (65)
Monday July 22, 2013, 2:01 am
people who claim ti be surprised at how UN-apartheid israel is reveal how much they allow themselves to be influenced by journalists and a biassed press. people who really want to know take the time to check, for even minimal research will show how racists and sexist arab countries are, while they point their false fingers at israel.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Monday July 22, 2013, 2:02 am
This just goes to show you the difference between reality and propaganda! I wish these stories were published and spread at least like those who try to paint a very different picture!

patrica and edw jones (190)
Monday July 22, 2013, 2:17 am
Thanks Fred. Right thinking people like ourselves would only be too well aware that ignorance and lies are too readily bandied about by such morons. Mostly due to abject jealousy I suspect. The Jews made the desert bloom, don't forget..........the Arabs- unfortunately - only make it 'boom'.

Joan H (20)
Monday July 22, 2013, 2:55 am
Great article Fred. Thanks!

Christeen A (368)
Monday July 22, 2013, 4:17 am
Thanks for sharing this story.

Carol K (45)
Monday July 22, 2013, 4:45 am
Thanks Fred - is that sweet rabbit yours or are you using the pic?

This concerns me deeply. I feel the Muslims will use this to their own ends like in most things and soon try and apply the upper hand over the Jews.

Chad Anderson (190)
Monday July 22, 2013, 5:05 am
I think this is great. I hope that Israel can do more to accommodate and put forward more stories featuring the voices of its Arab population who live with the rest of its citizens with the same basic rights and responsibilities, except for, I believe, military service.

Rahman Qureshi (76)
Monday July 22, 2013, 5:07 am
You won't see this on mainstream media. It destroys the narrative of "the apartheid Israel". I recall a story a few months ago where a Muslim woman living in Israel said "Jews don't rape us, unlike Arabs."

Alexander Werner (53)
Monday July 22, 2013, 6:43 am
Chad, you are 100% correct.

Now there are voices to obligate both Ultra-Orthodox Jews and Arabs to serve in the Israeli army, one way or another. That preferential treatment is coming to end. Everyone has to share the burden of military service.

pam w (139)
Monday July 22, 2013, 6:44 am
On a recent trip to Europe, she recalls, people were surprised to learn that Israeli Arabs study engineering and medicine and that they live among Jews."

++++++++++++ Figures. There are those who post HERE who wouldn't admit that! You know who you are. I know who you are.

Alexander Werner (53)
Monday July 22, 2013, 6:46 am
Quote: As she told reporter Diana Bletter, “There is nowhere in the Koran that states women should not study.” End of Quote.

Obviously, the Koran studied in Israel is different than the Koran studied in Pakistan. Malala case proves it.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 22, 2013, 7:15 am
yes most people do not know there are plenty of arab people who live alongside the jewish people and have been for years

federico b (47)
Monday July 22, 2013, 8:55 am
Notato. Grazie per la condivisione Alexa.

Maggie Kearns (7)
Monday July 22, 2013, 10:24 am
Thanks Alexandra and Fred! I remember an article about an Israeli,Muslim Bedoin who was shocked at the anti-israel b.s. at US universities. People had a hard time believing that he wasn't brainwashed!

Helen Porter (39)
Monday July 22, 2013, 10:42 am
I have a Palestinian friend who spent years over there.

He tells me if only they were let alone, the peoples would get along together just fine.

Gene J (290)
Monday July 22, 2013, 12:31 pm
It is good that she knows ...“There is nowhere in the Koran that states women should not study.” But I think she need point that out to some of her brethren as they do not seem to know this. As Malala could testify...

Caroline S (78)
Monday July 22, 2013, 12:34 pm
Thank you for this article

Lona G (80)
Monday July 22, 2013, 12:49 pm
Thanks for posting. I applaud Mais Ali-Saleh as a role model for other young Palestinian women.

Carol D (346)
Monday July 22, 2013, 1:18 pm
Excellent article Fred! It just goes to show that anti Israel propaganda is just that!! Those who spread it know when they can't refute the truth..they are no where to be heard from!!

Birgit W (160)
Monday July 22, 2013, 2:28 pm

Judith Hand (55)
Monday July 22, 2013, 2:30 pm
Noted. Hmm. Cool to hear about the medical school, too.

. (0)
Monday July 22, 2013, 3:08 pm
I can't add more to this. Just magnificant.

fly b (26)
Monday July 22, 2013, 3:15 pm
Who is paying, whom; and who benefits the most, is always a good question to ask. Money and influence
serve many purposes all at once; I always say, consider the source.
She knows which side her bread is buttered.
Stories, designed to counter truth, are pointless.
"Useful idiots", a term used by Netanyahu, can "be moved"....
- What else is "new" ! "Practical" use of this story isn't.

"The answer, my friends, is written on the wind

Lee Hampton (15)
Monday July 22, 2013, 3:16 pm

Why would the Israel-haters let facts ruin their raison d'etre?

Alexa R (319)
Monday July 22, 2013, 3:46 pm
I get that a lot too -- as if an engineer or doctor, etc does not have enough brains, wit, money to speak their minds freely ..


Nancy C (806)
Monday July 22, 2013, 5:31 pm
Thank you Alexa and Fred. Calling all journalists. Mainstream media be damned. Herein lies a recipe for peace. This is the vehicle to exposing more truths. Gather these truths and let them multiply...

Teresa Hensley (3)
Monday July 22, 2013, 5:44 pm

Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday July 22, 2013, 6:38 pm
Wonderful , thanks for sharing !

Colleen L (3)
Monday July 22, 2013, 9:26 pm
Great article. Thanks Fred

Nancy Black (308)
Monday July 22, 2013, 10:01 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared, tweeted, shared. Too bad that this successful diversity can not be in the other countries as well as Israel.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Monday July 22, 2013, 10:27 pm
May miss Ali Saleh be a beacon of light to all women. Not getting into the politics of this post, I have my plateful with the Christian Taliban right here in the USA!

Joy W (103)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 2:42 am
Thanks for sharing and thank you Alexa for the forward, we hardly ever get to read articles like this.

Nikolas K (94)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 3:22 am
Israel is just another creation of the banksters to keep us occupied while they enslave us. If we wake up they would prefer we vent our venom on the israelis, instead of hunting them (banksters) down and putting them into prison for their crimes against humanity.

Devon Leonar (54)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 11:34 am
I am thankful to read stories that bring people together in the bond of unity..! We need more of these stories that inspire healing and reconciliation. How else can we all survive on our small and beautiful planet that we all live on and share. It's time to grow and mature into decent human beings in this 21st century. Hatred is never the answer to anything. We must use all our wisdom and intelligence and draw on the compassion that will be needed to create more trust and communication, especially now that extremism is growing in many nations............
Great story Alexandra..and Fred..!!! We need to keep these stories alive and well and flourishing.........

Kathy Crews (71)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 1:28 pm
Great story. Thanks for sharing!

Beth S (330)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 1:41 pm
Makes a lot of sense, Nikolas........... Not.

Doesn't take a lot of intelligence to come up with antisemitic drivel, and you've proven it.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 10:32 pm

Sheila D (194)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 11:47 pm
Noted and thanks for such a positive role model. I agree with Aurea - not getting into the politics here.

Stephen Brian (23)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 11:52 pm
It's a recurring theme. Western activists' efforts in the Middle East accomplish the opposite of their stated objectives. I doubt that her comments will mean anything to those who support the academic boycotts: It takes a lot to convince me that people are actively lying, but after watching their behaviour for long enough, I don't believe the BDS crowd actually intends to help Palestinians in Israel at all. Their goals seem to lie elsewhere.

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 2:23 pm

I think people of Arab states and Iran promoting anti-Israel campaigning could not care less about Palestinian Arabs. Because, if they did, they would give them small pieces of land that they have plenty and citizenship, to stop their apartheid conducted against their own brothers.

That would resolve the whole issue.

Instead, they beat their war chests and claim to be the "true Liberators" of the Arab world. This is the one and only point they are making, with less expenses and more efficiency, than doing good for the people.

Stephen Brian (23)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 12:21 am
Hi Bob,

I looked into why Palestinians lack citizenship in Arab states surrounding Israel. There are, for the most part, good reasons.

In Lebanon, Palestinians are 10% of the total population, and they are primarily Sunni. Accepting them would change the balance of power in the country to the point where the power-sharing agreement that ended their civil war would no longer reflect reality. They are worried about another civil war.

In Jordan, the stability of the country depends upon a culture-driven loyalty to the monarchy. Palestinians may well be over half of the total population. Accepting them and counting them normally, with full rights, would likely lead to revolution, civil war, and generally the destruction of the country.

Egypt applied the classic post-Caliphate solution of integrating Palestinians into its society. Through marriage, they could become Egyptian, not be counted as Palestinians at all, and be totally assimilated. However, they got no rights before effectively abandoning the Palestinian community and identity, so the assimilation is kept one-way.

Syria apparently granted full rights to Palestinians until the recent civil war left them seen as being on one side, so their communities got targeted. They were never given citizenship, though, because Syria is still formally at war with Israel so at least officially, it intends to return them to Israel following the conclusion of the war.

I actually their "advocates" in the West and other Arab states to be far worse than Arabs who live in the area. The problem is that the Israeli/Arab conflict is seen, in the West, as being the same as Right/Left political conflict taken to metaphor-level extremes. (Does the inequity come primarily from the system upheld by the powerful, or from different behaviour of actors within the system?) The Western "advocates" mostly don't care about Palestinians or Israel, only about what position their communities take on the matter because that's a fairly good sign of where those communities stand in their local politics. (At least, the ones who cannot tell the difference between an indicator and a cause tend to care more about this.)

Alexander Werner (53)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 9:46 am

Of course there are cultural and other differences between different groups of population. What I am saying, is that in-fighting between different Arab clans does not make them entitled to aid from non-Arab countries.

Paying such aid in large amounts as it is happening now sends the warring clans the very wrong signal - that their fight is perceived as reasonable and deserving to be payable.

I am sure there are differences in the culture of Germans from West and East Germanies, but they were able to overcome it. Same difference can exist between Ashkenazi and Sefardi Jews, yet they live together in Israel. There are lots of other nations, living in peace and pluralism.

Egypt is now starving. Should the world care, the Aid to Egypt could be linked to naturalizing of a number of Palestinian Arabs, at least from Gaza which Egypt ruled before 67. Money is paid anyway, why not to get something positive with it as well.

Sanctifying the internal hate and intolerance in Arab society, recognizing 22 states of one ethnic group in UN with all the related benefits and accommodating ridiculous demands from Arab states is the worst thing the world can do.

Stephen Brian (23)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 12:06 pm
Hi Bob,

Cultural differences are far more difficult to overcome in Arabic culture than in Western. Have you seen my posts elsewhere about the different models of peace-making?

Those in the West who believe that inequity comes from unjust treatment by a system upheld by the powerful blame the West, themselves, for poverty among Arabs. As aid gets squandered and they fail to see improvement, they get convinced that the problem is just bigger (because their assumption that everybody behaves similarly keeps them from even considering that aid would be used any worse by its recipients than by its donors), and that they should throw more money at it. It's perverse.

The problem with tying aid to naturalization of Palestinians is that the aid is mostly military, an attempt to buy Egypt's real rulers.

Winn A (179)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:30 pm
Thanks for the great story.

Jane H (139)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 8:47 am

alicia m (97)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 12:51 am
noted, gracias
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