Racism on the Rise in Israel
A recent poll conducted in Israel reveals that 68% of Israeli Jews would refuse to live in the same apartment building as an Israeli Arab, 46% would refuse to allow an Arab to visit their home, and 41% of Israeli Jews support the segregation of Arabs and Jews in places of recreation.
"Racism is becoming mainstream. When people talk about transfer or about Arabs as a demographic time-bomb, no one raises their voice against such statements. This is a worrisome phenomenon," Bachar Ouda, director of the Center for the Struggle Against Racism, said on Tuesday. The report covered the year 2005 and the center will, in the future, present monthly and bi-annual polls.These opinions are translated into discriminatory policies and violent attacks against Palestinian citizens of Israel.
During the course of 2005, 225 racially-motivated incidents directed at Arab citizens were reported to the center or in the media. The center believes that less than 20 percent of attacks or other incidents are ever reported.
Responding to the report, Hadash Chairman MK Mohammed Barakeh said racism against Israeli Arabs "is a direct result of official racist and discriminatory policies" dictated by the government.
Who are Israeli Arabs?!
Palestinians with Israeli citizenships (aka 'Israeli Arabs') have long been targets of discrimination as they represent the growing number of non-Jewish citizens of Israel. Their status is often overlooked by the international community because of the focus on Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. Palestinian citizens of Israel represent more 20% of Israel's population and number over 1.2 million. Most are Muslim (80%), in addition to 10% Chrisitian, and 10% Druze. The state's
According to ADALAH, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel:
In 1947, the Palestinians comprised some 67% of the population of Palestine. On 14 May 1948, the State of Israel was established. During the Arab-Israeli war that immediately followed, approximately 780,000 of the pre-1948 Palestinian population fled or were expelled, forced to become refugees in the neighboring Arab states and in the West. Of the 150,000 Palestinians who remained in the new state, approximately 25% were displaced from their homes and villages and became internally displaced persons as the Israeli army destroyed over 400 Arab villages. As a result of the war, the Palestinian population in Israel found itself disoriented and severely weakened. They had been effectively transformed from members of a majority population to a minority in an exclusively Jewish state. They lacked political as well as economic power, as their leadership, as well as their professional and middle classes, were refused the right to return and compelled to live outside of the state.More:
Second Class: Discrimination Against Palestinian Arab Children in Israel's Schools (HRW)
Mossawa: The Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens of Israel
Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
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