Arab-Jewish relations in Israel are deteriorating. Since the start of the war in the Gaza Strip, there has been a dramatic rise in the number and the seriousness of attacks against Israeli Arabs. Ron Gerlitz offers explanation for this outburst of anti-Arab bigotry.
Despite institutionalized discrimination, in recent years Palestinian citizens of Israel have increasingly integrated into the economy, political life, academia and general society. The nature of the current assault on Israeli-Arabs launched from both the Knesset and the street is, in fact, a reaction to this integration.
Relations between Jews and Arab in Israel have rarely been as strained as in the past month, during which the allegiance of Israeli Arabs has been called into question.
Attacks by Jewish hooligans on Arabs, unprecedented incitement by right-wing politicians and clashes between Israeli Police and Arab youth. We’ve been here before, but never like this.
We must be as passionate for reconciliation between Israel’s Jewish and Palestinian Arab citizens as those within both our societies who seek to widen the divide between us.
A report by the Knesset Research and Information Center, which was published on Monday, June 21, reveals grim news about public transportation in Arab communities.
Industrial zones are erected right next to Arab communities, but great care is always taken to retain them within the jurisdiction of Jewish communities, funneling property taxes to the latter.
If Arabs were still solely manual laborers in Israel’s economy, right-wing MKs would not be rushing to do everything possible to oust them from the labor force, strip them of their political representation and, ultimately, their citizenship.
Adding a special category for a work in Arabic to the Sapir prize would be a step toward expanding Israel's literary space so that it includes everyone.