Palestinian Citizens of Israel

Palestinian Citizens of Israel

During Israel’s establishment (1947-49), approximately 750,000 Palestinians fled their homes and land in fear or were driven out. After the war, around 150,000 Palestinians remained inside of what became Israel’s internationally recognized borders. Today, there are approximately 1.6 million Palestinian citizens of Israel, comprising about 20% of the total Israeli population. Though Palestinian citizens of Israel can vote and participate in political life, they face a web of institutionalized discrimination and exclusion.

‘Apartheid, Formalized’: Palestinians to Fight Jewish State Law News Roundup
Farah Najjar, Al-Jazeera

‘Apartheid, Formalized’: Palestinians to Fight Jewish State Law

Palestinian legislators in Israel prepare to launch series of events in protest of 'racist' nation-state bill.

on August 3, 2018
Israel Just Dropped the Pretense of Equality for Palestinian Citizens Op-Eds & Analysis
Yousef Jabareen, Los Angeles Times

Israel Just Dropped the Pretense of Equality for Palestinian Citizens

The Israeli Knesset on Thursday passed into law a bill designed to make a permanent underclass of Palestinian citizens. It threatens to set the country on a course to full-blown Jewish theocracy. The so-called “Jewish nation-state” bill formalizes in Israeli law the superior rights and privileges that Jewish citizens of the state enjoy over its indigenous Palestinian minority, who comprise roughly 20% of the population.

on July 20, 2018
Israel Passes Controversial ‘Jewish Nation-State’ Law News Roundup
Al-Jazeera

Israel Passes Controversial ‘Jewish Nation-State’ Law

Israel's parliament on Thursday adopted a law defining the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people, provoking fears it will lead to blatant discrimination against its Palestinian citizens.

on July 19, 2018
The ‘Ultimate Deal’? For Israel, Maybe. We Palestinians Will Never Accept It. Op-Eds & Analysis
Hanan Ashrawi, The Guardian

The ‘Ultimate Deal’? For Israel, Maybe. We Palestinians Will Never Accept It.

The “ultimate deal” suffers from multiple fatal flaws and misconceptions that several successive US administrations have repeatedly failed to recognise. The spirit of the Palestinian people cannot be broken or brought into submission; nor will we ever succumb to external pressure and blackmail.

on July 19, 2018
Israel Lets Jews Protest the Occupation. It Doesn’t Let Palestinians. Op-Eds & Analysis
Mairav Zonszein, The Washington Post

Israel Lets Jews Protest the Occupation. It Doesn’t Let Palestinians.

The images and video of Israeli soldiers shooting live ammunition into masses of mostly unarmed Palestinians on the other side of the Gaza border fence over the past several weeks horrified observers around the world. Starting March 30, Israeli troops suppressing protests in Gaza killed 118 people...

on May 31, 2018
Israeli Police Accused of Brutality in Crackdown on Demonstrating Israeli Arabs News Roundup
Ruth Eglash, The Washington Post

Israeli Police Accused of Brutality in Crackdown on Demonstrating Israeli Arabs

An Israeli judge ordered the release of 19 Arab Israelis from police custody on Monday, capping a fraught weekend in the northern city of Haifa, the scene of multiple protests against Israeli military actions in the Gaza Strip.

on May 21, 2018
Mourning Arabs Fly Palestinian Flags as Israel Marks Independence Day News Roundup
Stephen Farrell, Ayat Basma, Reuters

Mourning Arabs Fly Palestinian Flags as Israel Marks Independence Day

In a field south of Haifa, near an Arab village that was depopulated and abandoned in 1948, children read the lyrics of nationalist anthems from their iPhones, while their elders sat beneath awnings, listening to dignitarites and musicians.

on April 19, 2018
Israel Celebrates Its Independence, We Mourn Our Loss Op-Eds & Analysis
Ayman Odeh, New York Times

Israel Celebrates Its Independence, We Mourn Our Loss

Seventy years ago, the world changed around my family. The establishment of the state of Israel represented self-determination for Jews, but a catastrophe — “nakba” in Arabic — for Palestinians. In the area around the Mediterranean city of Haifa, where my family has lived for six generations, only 2,000 Palestinians of a population of 70,000 remained.

on April 18, 2018
‘Tibi, Not Bibi’: The Palestinian Who Stood up to Pence on Why He Could Be the Region’s Next Leader News Roundup
Jack Moore, Newsweek

‘Tibi, Not Bibi’: The Palestinian Who Stood up to Pence on Why He Could Be the Region’s Next Leader

Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics revealed a figure on Monday that will concern the country's nationalistic right wing: As many Muslims (6.5 million) now live alongside Jews (6.44 million) between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea. But for one man in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian quagmire, that number is full of encouragement.

on March 28, 2018