Israeli Arab radio host Jalal Ayoub: Arab society is frustrated, divided

August 4, 2015 00:28


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A popular Israeli Arab radio host told The Jerusalem Post on Monday that the whole country is in a “religious war.”

Jalal Ayoub, a lawyer and an engineer who hosts three shows on the Arabic radio station A-Shams, said that the war is neither a Muslim nor Jewish one specifically, but a religious one generally.

He said that the recent burning of a Palestinian home by suspected Jewish settlers, resulting in the death of a toddler, is a sign that “the Jewish ISIS is coming.”

“I am worried, as a secular, about what is happening to my society and the country as a whole. Seculars don’t understand that religions can sometimes be fatal. The Arab world has never understood secularity,” he said, adding that the problems of that world are “knocking on the door of this country.”

Ayoub says that he is against a Jewish state, but supports a secular civil state like France that is not one based on religious, ethnic, or national identities.

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