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.

In Israel’s Poorest Town, Palestinian Fishermen Forced to Give Up Livelihoods
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
Hundreds of Palestinians March to Destroyed Village in Haifa for 68th Nakba Anniversary
Ma'an News Agency

Hundreds of Palestinians March to Destroyed Village in Haifa for 68th Nakba Anniversary

Hundreds of Palestinians commemorated the anniversary of the Nakba -- or “catastrophe” -- on Saturday with a “March of Return” in Haifa to the site of a Palestinian village destroyed by Israeli forces in 1948. The march was held in order to highlight the internationally-recognized right of Palestinians who remain refugees or internally displaced...

on May 14, 2016
Boycott Leader Accuses Israel of Imposing Travel Ban
Josef Federman, Associated Press

Boycott Leader Accuses Israel of Imposing Travel Ban

A leader of the international boycott movement against Israel on Tuesday accused Israeli authorities of imposing a travel ban on him as retribution for his political activities. The travel restrictions come weeks after Israel's interior minister, who oversees immigration policy, was quoted as saying that he would consider revoking residency rights of Omar Barghouti.

on May 10, 2016
Israeli Government Must Cease Intimidation of Human Rights Defenders, Protect Them From Attacks
Amnesty International

Israeli Government Must Cease Intimidation of Human Rights Defenders, Protect Them From Attacks

The Israeli authorities must end their long-standing attacks on Palestinian human rights defenders (HRDs) and halt the climate of intimidation of HRDs in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Amnesty International said today. Israeli authorities must take immediate steps to provide protection necessary for HRDs in Israel/OPT to carry out their work freely and without fear of attacks and harassment.

on April 12, 2016
Brutal, Ugly & Illegal: 9 Things You Need to Know About the Israeli Occupation of Palestine
David Palumbo-Liu, Salon

Brutal, Ugly & Illegal: 9 Things You Need to Know About the Israeli Occupation of Palestine

As this story goes to press, the American Anthropological Association is voting on an academic boycott resolution in solidarity with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. If it passes the resolution, it will become the largest academic association in the world to do so, joining dozens of professional academic organizations, unions, and student unions in the United States and Europe.

on April 11, 2016
Arab-Jewish Segregation Comments Spark Furor in Israel
Luke Baker, Reuters

Arab-Jewish Segregation Comments Spark Furor in Israel

A far-right Israeli politician has been admonished by his party and roundly condemned by commentators after suggesting Jewish and Arab women should be separated in maternity wards in apartheid-style segregation. Betzalel Smotrich, a 36-year-old member of parliament from the Jewish Home party, which is part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, is an ultra-nationalist settler who is frequently outspoken on issues of religion and the Palestinians.

on April 6, 2016
Thousands March on 40th Land Day to Protest Decades of Land Grabs
Ma'an News Agency

Thousands March on 40th Land Day to Protest Decades of Land Grabs

Thousands of Palestinians across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory marched Wednesday to commemorate the 40th Land Day, protesting decades of Israeli land grabs. "Palestinians are entitled to their land and they will give up not one inch," Hamas official Yehya Mousa said at a rally in Gaza City to remember the Palestinian protests against Israeli land seizures that were violently suppressed on March 30, 1976.

on March 30, 2016
Pew Survey of Israeli Public Opinion: Palestinian Knesset Members & Citizens Respond
IMEU

Pew Survey of Israeli Public Opinion: Palestinian Knesset Members & Citizens Respond

In a survey released by the Pew Research Center, about half of Israeli Jews (48%) said that "Arabs should be transferred or expelled from Israel." Palestinian citizens of Israel, including two members of Israel's parliament (Knesset), respond.

on March 8, 2016
Israel’s Religiously Divided Society Recommended Reports
Pew Research Center

Israel’s Religiously Divided Society

Nearly 70 years after the establishment of the modern State of Israel, its Jewish population remains united behind the idea that Israel is a homeland for the Jewish people and a necessary refuge from rising anti-Semitism around the globe. But alongside these sources of unity, a major new survey by Pew Research Center also finds deep divisions in Israeli society.

on March 8, 2016