MORE ON ‘SECOND CLASS CITIZENSHIP’ FOR PALESTINIANS IN ISRAEL

Yesterday, one of my regular readers, Lenny Bruce, commented… “I would love to do a post based on that kind of concrete statistical info in addition to attitudinal research among Jewish Israelis towards Israeli Arabs….” That comment was in regard to a post I did on ‘Mistaken Identity’
Again, proving that Palestinians (Israeli Arabs) are treated as second class citizens, the following was just published in HaAretz..
Yes, there is eqality in Israel…. All (most) Jews are treated the same.
Following is the report…..

Report: Arabs in north get 10% of budget for rebuilding region By Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent
A new report released on Wednesday alleges that the State of Israel has allocated to Arab communities 10 percent, instead of the 30 percent pledged, of the budgets for rebuilding Israel’s north in the wake of the war in Lebanon.

The Mossawa Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens in Israel reveals that out of a total of NIS 4.25 billion only NIS 400 million had been allocated to the Arab sector. Mossawa based its report on data collected from official government decisions and the 2007 State Budget bill.

Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office Ra’anan Dinur declared after the war that the state would rebuild communities damaged in the war.

At the time, Dinur pledged a third of the funds to be allocated to Arab communities, a third to Jewish communities and a third to national infrastructures in the region.

This division was to reflect the size of the Arab sector, constituting approximately 50 percent of the region’s population.

The report, compiled by Mossawa economist Amin Fares, was submitted to the Knesset Finance Committee as well as to the chairs of the other Knesset committees. In a letter the group urged parliamentarians to intervene in the negotiations on the 2007 State Budget in order to rectify this discrimination.

Mossawa is demanding that the state allocate approximately NIS 1 billion to the development of the Arab sector in 2007.

The group stated “once more we find ourselves facing gaps between the declarations about affirmative action and a discriminatory reality.”

“It is time to put an end to the growing economic differences in infrastructures between Jews and Arabs,” the statement said.

4 Comments

  1. lennybruce said,

    December 20, 2006 at 18:02

    Not surprised by this kind of s*** anymore from that shining beacon of democracy in the Middle East. Mossawa Advocacy Center has lots of the info I was looking for so this post comes in very handy. Thnks. Will still check out Lance’s sources and look for others because I suspect some of my Jewish and Israeli readers will just dismiss anything from Mossawa as being not true because it is from an organization where everyone has one of those Arab sounding names.

  2. DesertPeace said,

    December 20, 2006 at 18:06

    Glad this was of help Lenny…
    As for your readers who dismiss the truth…. nothing you provide them will be truth for them… they believe their own gospel of lies.
    Stick to the truth Lenny… whether they believe it or not.

  3. lennybruce said,

    December 20, 2006 at 18:37

    You know I will DP… found some info at the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics and I won’t burden you with too much but I came across one thing I had to get off my chest.

    Unfortunately I wasn’t surprised to discover that the rate of infant mortality is twice as high amongst Israeli Arabs vs Israeli Jews. Both have fallen drastically over 20 years but that of Arabs in Israel is always twice as high. As if that isn’t sad enough the comment by the report doesn’t address this disparity at all. Instead, the official comment from this government agency about this sad disparity in infant mortality is,

    “The infant mortality rate of the Arab population of Israel is much
    lower than in the neighboring Arab countries and in the Palestinian
    Authority…”

    What the hell is that supposed to mean to people who apparently don’t get nearly the same health care as other equal citizens? Like, “Don’t worry people, your brothers and sisters have it worse in other places so be grateful that we let you live here?”

    Everyone is created equal but some are more equal the others… maybe if Israel ever gets a constitution that can be the preamble.

  4. DesertPeace said,

    December 20, 2006 at 18:44

    lenny… I’ve heard similar lines many times..”arabs in Israel are better off than Arabs anywhere else”…
    same as saying that Blacks in Mississippi townships in the 40’s and 50’s had it better than Blacks in South Africa…
    It’s all relative… and it’s all nothing but bull!


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