Official Racism in Israel
1. Legalizing Housing Discrimination in Israel:
2011 Knesset Approves Bill Allowing Segregation in Housing (the “Acceptance to [Jewish] Communities Law”). Allows admissions committees in communities of 400 homes or less located in two less populated regions to reject applicants for “social unsuitability.”
One third of communities in those regions already qualify and with a little clever repackaging, all Jewish communities could qualify.
Israel Supreme Court Ruling Allowing Jewish-Only Housing
(MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu), responded to claims the bill was meant to reject Arabs from joining Israeli towns. “In my opinion, every Jewish town needs at least one Arab. What would happen if my refrigerator stopped working on a Saturday?”
2. Suppressing Arab Dissent
The “Nakba Law” authorizes the Minister of Finance to cut off state funding to any school, town or state-funded arts organization that has made any payment towards an event or action that marks the date of Israel’s establishment “as a day of mourning.”
3. Ethnic Cleasing of Jerusalem
Number of buildings permits granted to Jews in Jerusalem (2008): 13,941 (about 20% in Arab neighborhoods of occupied East Jerusalem).
Number of building permits granted to East Jerusalem Arabs (to build in Arab neighborhoods only, of course): 400 units.
Ergo, although Arabs make up one third of the citizenry of Jerusalem, they comprise 2.8% of the housing permit grantees.
4. More Housing Segregation
Israeli Arabs Denied Housing Permits: http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/new-housing-for-arab-villages-stonewalled-1.405021
State-Funded Rabbi Who Issued Fatwa Against Renting Apartments to Arabs Gets Government Award:
Minister of Science and Technology Daniel Hershkowitz awarded Eliyahu with the prize for “his actions, efforts and devotion to the Jewish nature of the Land of Israel.”
5. Apartheid Marriage Laws
Israel’s Apartheid Marriage Law Is Upheld By High Court 1/11/2011
6. Proposed Additional Laws Discriminating Against Arabs
Knesset Proposes “Loyalty and Citizenship Law” That Would Strip Arabs of Rights
List of Knesset Proposed Laws that Discriminate Against Arabs:
7. School Textbooks Create a New Generation of Haters
Israeli Scholar Documents Incitement Against Palestinians in Israel’s Textbooks
8. Miscellaneous Racism
Apartheid Parking Lots In Jerusalem (No Joke)
Up Until 2011 No Israeli Arab Could Be A Dairy or Poultry Farmer (Again, No Joke)
Government Ministry Warns Jewish Girls of Sex-Crazed Arab Doctors:
Channel 10’s main news broadcast last Wednesday evening reported that the National Civilian Service Administration had ordered its religiously observant women volunteers not to work after 9 P.M. According to the news broadcast, this decision was made by the Lehava anti-assimilation organization after “reports were received about intimate relationships between young women performing their national service and Arab physicians in the hospitals where they volunteered,” as reported on the Nana 10 online portal. The website quoted one of the rabbis as having said in the past, “I’m hearing horrible stories about good girls.” The head of the National Civilian Service Administration made sure to mention that the decision was made with the blessing of the minister in charge, Naftali Bennett.
And let us not forget the events of October 2000, when police used lethal ammunition to disperse Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel who were throwing stones, resulting in thirteen fatalities. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_2000_events
“[Upper Nazareth Mayor Shimon] Gapso told the paper that if he had been present during the October 2000 clashes between Israeli Arabs and police, more Arabs would have been killed. He also said his city would never become a mixed Arab-Jewish city, although 16 percent of its residents were Arab, and that a mosque would never go up in his city.” http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/mks-slam-racist-upper-nazareth-mayor-1.366188
Part II – Unofficial Racism
A-Speeches by political leaders invoking racism:
From Binyamin Netanyahu’s 2003 speech to the Herzliya Conference, while he was the Finance Minister: “We have a demographic problem, but it is focused not on the Arabs of Palestine but on the Arabs of Israel.” He explained: “If the Arab residents become wonderfully integrated and their numbers reach 35 percent to 40 percent of the total population, the Jewish state will be canceled out and become a bi-national state. If their number remains around 20 percent as it is today, or even declines, but relations are harsh and contentious, then, too, the democratic fabric of our argument will be impaired.”
Deputy Prime Minister of Israel Danny Ayalon Proposes Ethnic Cleansing of Israel’s Arab Citizens Under Guise of ‘Population Transfer’
Interior Minister says Israel Belongs to ‘The White Man’, Not African Asylum Seekers
Housing Minister: Spread of Arab population must be stopped: July 1, 2009
Knesset MK Says Arabs Are An Economic Burden on Israel
Likud MK Says “the Palestinians” Are “Worms”
Rightist MK’s campaign posters of an Israeli Arab woman with caption: “This demographic will kill us.” http://www.haaretz.com/news/mazuz-orders-probe-into-herut-s-kleiner-for-incitement-to-racism-1.185008.
Shas Rabbi Says Black Immigrants Must Be Expelled Because They Bring ‘Robbery, Violence and Sodomy’