The Adallah "list" has long been debunked. I invite anyone who cares enough to be bothered to actually read the list for oneself and apply critical thinking skills.
Here is a thoughtful report: http://www.ngo-monitor.org/reports/adalah_s_database_of_laws_imagining_racism_to_demonize_israel_/
See also: below
“Adalah’s legal database promotes the false and demonizing allegation that Zionism is racism, and labels all references to the Jewish connection to Israel, including use of the Hebrew calendar or menorah symbol, as racist,” Bar- Ilan University Prof. Gerald Steinberg, head of the Jerusalem- based NGO Monitor, told the Post on Tuesday...
“Furthermore, almost half of these so-called ‘racist laws’ are actually fringe legislative proposals that were not approved by the Knesset,” he said. “Misleading readers by presenting draft proposals as approved legislation is not only dishonest but also totally distorts Israel’s vibrant democratic process.”
The report, titled “Adalah’s Database of Laws: Imagining Racism to Demonize Israel,” takes aim at the database, launched in March 2013 on the Adalah’s website and promoted by it on Facebook with the more provocative name “Racist Laws.”
The report notes that the database is a list of 101 laws and proposed legislation that never became law, which Adalah considers to “discriminate against Palestinian citizens of Israel in all areas of life, including their rights to political participation, access to land, education, state budget resources, and criminal procedures. Some of the laws also violate the rights of Palestinians living in the 1967 OPT [‘Occupied Palestinian Territories”] and [of] Palestinian refugees.”
NGO Monitor said one of the reasons it analyzed the database is that it spreads false information that has been used by various pro-Palestinian activists and cited in leading publications such as The New York Times.
“Adalah does not define its selection methodology or describe systematically how each law is considered discriminatory,” stated the report.
“In addition, although the database is in English, Adalah does not provide English translations of the laws. Instead it offers descriptions that are occasionally inaccurate or misquote the law.”
In addition, Adalah “ignores the language in some laws that specifically promotes or protects ethnic minority groups in Israel.”
For example, the advocacy group Adalah cites the 1949 Flag and Emblem Law as an exemplar of what it calls "20 laws that discriminate against the Palestinian minority in Israel."
This claim is transparently absurd. Israel's flag law asserts that the
"State flag" means the flag which the Provisional Council of State, on the 25th Tishri 5709 (28th October 1948), proclaimed as the flag of the State of Israel, or a flag, of any size whatsoever, similar in design to the said flag and includes any object bearing the design of the State flag.
To say that the law discriminates, presumably because the flag includes a Star of David, is akin to saying that the U.S. flag, with its 13 stripes, discriminates against the 37 states that were not among the 13 original colonies — never mind the crosses depicted on the flags of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Australia, Iceland, New Zealand and others. It is simply not a serious allegation...
It may be true that the UN warned that there would be water problems because of Israel.
But, then again, as the old joke says, if someone proposed a resolution that the earth was flat and Israel flattened it," it would pass.
Hamas' own newspaper did their own investigation and concluded that Gaza's water problems are NOT the fault of Israel or her policies but the result of Hamas/Gazan mismanagement of their water supply.
The Hamas paper Al-Risalah conducted an investigation into the subject of Jewish agricultural land in Gaza that was evacuated in the 2005 Disengagement plan, and found that despite Arab claims that Israel has caused a water crisis in Gaza, local residents are in fact to blame.
In its investigation, which relied on figures from the Hamas agricultural ministry, the paper found that excessive use of water for agriculture by local farmers was behind the shortage of water.
In particular the raising of vegetables that require vast amounts of water, digging wells without supervision, and pumping water excessively was found to be the culprit of Gaza's water woes.
The paper of the Hamas terror organization noted that prior to the 2005 expulsion of all Jews from Gaza, no more than 20 wells were being used by Israelis in Gush Katif, and they were dug around a kilometer from the coast so as to trap rain water.
The average pumping from these wells was around 20-30 cubic meters per hour.
Today, the number of wells in the area has tripled, and the Arab agricultural unions working in the evacuated Jewish communities dug close to 30 more wells - in addition to the 16 dug by the municipality.
The average pumping from the agricultural unions' wells is between 60-120 cubic meters per hour, while the average from municipality wells is between 60-70 cubic meters per hour, showing the improper usage of Gaza's water resources.
There are a number of issues that complicate things in this case.
Ownership records are very unclear or lacking. Some of this may be due to the Byzantine Ottoman Land Laws. Most Palestinian land was owned by the government and merely rented. It appears that Palestinian Arabs only owned about 5% of the land in Palestine. Most Palestinian Arabs rented land and homes; they did not own them.
Palestinian Arabs who in 1948 lost their homes within Israel, including in West Jerusalem, have legal recourse. Some have opted to take advantage of the Absentee Property Law, which entitles them to compensation. According to the Israel Lands Administration, as of 1993, 14,692 Arabs claimed compensation under the Absentee Property Law and the Validation and Compensation Law. Claims were settled with respect to 200,905 dunams of land, a total of NIS 9,956,828 had been paid as compensation, and 54,481 dunams of land had been given in compensation (Israel Lands Administration Report for 1993).
There is no similar program for Jews who lost their land. Approximately 800,000 Jews lost their property in Arab states in the war in 1948. It is likely that any program to further help one group would only move forward if programs for lost property of all groups advanced together.
Furthermore, much of the West Bank and Gaza and Jerusalem were private property owned by Jews until they were ethnically cleansed by Arabs in 1948. Even the PA admits this in their internal documents leaked to Al Jazeera "The Palestinian Papers."
What is called "Arab East Jerusalem" was "Jewish East Jerusalem" until 1948.
That said, I know I would support a program that sought to compensate ANYONE who can prove they owned private property that was lost in 1948, whether Jewish, Muslim, Christian or anything else as long as it included all property owners and also had a clear and defensible system for identifying whether property claims were real or fraudulent.
Some commenters seem confused about compensating for property loss and compensating refugees. Being a refugee is not relevant to the issue of lost property claims. It should also be noted that only about 30,000 people still qualify as "Palestinian refugees" using the legal definition of refugee. The UNRWA uses a unique definition that is at odds with the legal definition. And this should not be held against those who are no longer legally Palestinian refugees (or Jewish refugees) but who nonetheless can prove they lost property.