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.

Like Hero Tupac, Israeli Arab Rapper’s Music Provokes News Roundup
Majeda El-Batsh, AFP

Like Hero Tupac, Israeli Arab Rapper’s Music Provokes

Israeli Arab rapper Tamer Nafar's politically-charged lyrics have sparked the same kind of controversy that may have made his hero Tupac Shakur proud. Nafar, from the pioneering political rap group DAM, has touched a nerve with songs like "Who's the Terrorist?" skewering what he and others say is discrimination against Arabs in Israel.

on November 27, 2016
Israel to Begin Demolishing Bedouin Arab Village News Roundup
Associated Press

Israel to Begin Demolishing Bedouin Arab Village

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli government body says Israel is to carry out the first step in the planned demolition of a sprawling Bedouin Arab village in the southern desert. The Israel Lands Administration says that initially, about 30 Bedouin residents will be displaced on Tuesday.

on November 21, 2016
Why Donald Trump’s Praise for Israeli Policing Is Bad News for the United States Op-Eds & Analysis
IMEU

Why Donald Trump’s Praise for Israeli Policing Is Bad News for the United States

On September 19 — hours before Linden, New Jersey, police arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami in connection to a bomb attack that injured 29 people in New York City two days earlier — Donald Trump went on Fox News to make the case for religious profiling.

on September 30, 2016
Israel Prosecutes a Palestinian Poet over Youtube Poem News Roundup
Nigel Wilson, Al Jazeera

Israel Prosecutes a Palestinian Poet over Youtube Poem

With a flick of her wrist, Dareen Tatour turned a page in her notebook, smoothed the paper and began reading aloud in a slow, steady cadence. "The charges are like pieces of clothing. They brought me these clothes and forced me to wear them, from my toes to my head," she said, before bursting into excited laughter at the novelty of her work being translated into English.

on June 20, 2016
200,000 Palestinians From Across Occupied Territory Attend Prayers at Aqsa News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

200,000 Palestinians From Across Occupied Territory Attend Prayers at Aqsa

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from Jerusalem, Israel, the occupied West Bank, and Gaza Strip attended prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque on the second Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, despite widespread measures taken by Israel against Palestinian freedom of movement across the occupied territory.

on June 17, 2016
Israeli Lawmakers Extend Emergency Rule Limiting Palestinian Family Reunification News Roundup
Jonathan Lis, Haaretz

Israeli Lawmakers Extend Emergency Rule Limiting Palestinian Family Reunification

The emergency regulation that restricts family reunification among Palestinians was again extended by the Knesset on Monday, with 65 MKs voting in favor and 14 against, on Monday. Despite Zionist Union’s criticism of the measure, faction members supported it. The directive, which has been extended annually since first instituted in 2003, limits the granting of citizenship or residency to Palestinians who marry Israelis.

on June 14, 2016
Poll: Almost Half of Israeli Jews Don’t Want Arabs Teaching Their Kids News Roundup
The Jerusalem Post

Poll: Almost Half of Israeli Jews Don’t Want Arabs Teaching Their Kids

Nearly half of Israeli Jewish parents say they do not want Arab teachers instructing their children in school, a new poll conducted in Israel showed. According to the survey done by Ma'agar Mochot on behalf of the Gordon College of Education, the number is substantially higher among Jews who are more religiously observant.

on May 26, 2016
For Israeli Police, Every Palestinian is Guilty Until Proven Innocent News Roundup
Natasha Roth, +972 Magazine

For Israeli Police, Every Palestinian is Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The beating of 19-year-old Maysam Abu Alqian by plainclothes Border Police officers in central Tel Aviv on Sunday was depressingly familiar, both in the incident itself and its aftermath. Alqian, a Bedouin resident of Hura in the Negev Desert who works at a Tel Aviv supermarket, had stepped out of the store to take out the trash, when he was asked by the two plainclothes officers to present his ID.

on May 23, 2016
In Israel’s Poorest Town, Palestinian Fishermen Forced to Give Up Livelihoods News Roundup
Graham Liddell, Middle East Eye

In Israel’s Poorest Town, Palestinian Fishermen Forced to Give Up Livelihoods

Fishing has been in 44-year-old Musa Jurban’s family for at least three generations. “My father was a fisherman and my grandfather was also a fisherman,” Jurban told Middle East Eye. “It was passed down from grandfather to father to son.” “But if my children said they wanted to be fishermen, I wouldn’t want that,” he said.

on May 20, 2016