Several Palestinian Arabs on Tuesday visited the home of the Ansbacher family in the Jewish settlement of Tekoa to express deep regret over the slaying of their daughter, Ori Ansbacher, by a Palestinian man last week.
“There’s no religion in the world that supports this kind of act,” insisted the leader of the Palestinian delegation, Ziyad Sabatin, in remarks to 103 FM, Non Stop Radio, outside the Ansbacher home. “We came to console here today,” he added.
Sabatin has been pushing coexistence between Jews and Arabs for years, along with many other Palestinians from his hometown of Husan and other towns and villages in the vicinity of Bethlehem.
What’s notable is that Sabatin doesn’t do this in the framework of left-wing Israeli politics that often view the very presence of Jews in the so-called “West Bank” as an obstacle to peace and a near-justification for terror.
No, Sabatin wants peace and coexistence with his Jewish settler neighbors.
And he said that most of the time, there is relative peace and coexistence, but it’s never shown by the mainstream media.
“The interest of journalists is to find where there’s violence,” he told 103 FM. “Whenever there’s blood, you see them running there straightaway and making a fuss. Where there’s peace, you don’t see that. That’s a problem with journalists. We do a lot for peace, gatherings with people, a ton of activities for peace, coexistence, a shared life.”
PHOTO: Illustration. Jews and Arabs often get along just fine, but that reality is almost never reported by the mainstream media. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)