Saudi Arabia bans protests, Turkey locks up journalists,
Iran and Libya kill their opponents,
Egypt killed protesters, Syria kills hundreds every day.
Haneen Zoabi, an Arab woman is an elected member of the Israeli Knesset
and has led anti-Israel protests.
Her actions would never be tolerated in any of the surrounding countries,
but Zoabi’s anti-government pieces are routinely published
in main stream Jerusalem newspapers and supported by the courts.
While Saudi Arabian women are forbidden to drive a car,
in Jerusalem, many Arab women take driving lessons
and sit where they want on public buses.
School girls are not afraid to share the same streets,
no matter what uniforms they wear, and go on to attend Israeli universities
and find work in the medical professions in Israeli hospitals.
Arab women walk alone
through the streets of the Old City
and in all the neighborhoods
dressed in clothing
of all types
Often Arab women shop
in Mamilla Mall,
in the Machane Yehuda Market, the shuk,
on Jaffa Street,
King George Street,
and in Talpiot.
They can eat in a street cafe or restaurant
or walk with a male companion.
With young children
Arab women are not afraid or forbidden to move around freely.