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Israel's segregation policies include apartheid housing

Global Research - Sami Miaari was looking for a new home for his family when he first made enquiries about moving to Misgav, in Israel’s north, two years ago.

The first step for the lecturer, who works at Tel Aviv University, was to approach the offices of the Misgav Regional Council. There, he thought, he’d find the forms to apply to one of Misgav’s Admissions Committees – the bodies that screen potential new residents of Israel’s small community towns.

But the staff at the office, Miaari told Middle East Eye, said they couldn’t help. He should go, they said, directly to the villages themselves.

Miaari did just that. But at the first village, he was again told that the forms he needed were unavailable. At a second community town, he says, he was directed back to the offices of the regional council. In a third, he found another dead end. The door to the communities of Misgav, it seemed, were barred shut.

Wondering where the problem lay, Miaari asked a Jewish friend for some help. “The admissions offices are lying,” the friend told him. “They don’t want to give you the documents.”

“That’s when I got to the point where I thought: I really need to start legal proceedings against these communities,” Miaari said. He believes he was prevented from living in Misgav because he is Arab – a Palestinian citizen of Israel. Misgav Regional Council did not respond to Middle East Eye’s request for comment on the claims.

Since he was refused, Miaari has been working with Adalah, the Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, to fight his case. They hold that Admissions Committees like the one operating in Misgav discriminate against minorities: people with disabilities, gay people, Mizrahi Jews and, most of all, Arabs. Since 2011, Adalah has petitioned for the cancellation of the Admissions Committees Law, which legitimises these institutions, arguing that its “primary objective” is to “marginalize Arab citizens and prevent them from accessing housing on ‘state land’ in many communities.”

The fight, however, has just been dealt a serious blow: last week, Israel’s Supreme Court voted to uphold the Admissions Committees Law, enshrining the legality of the controversial legislation.

That means that 434 community towns in the Negev and Galilee will continue to screen new arrivals, accepting or rejecting applications to allow them to settle in these small communities. Decisions are made by a committee that includes representatives from the World Zionist Organisation and the Jewish Agency. The committee bases its choice on a range of criteria, including “suitability to the community’s social life” and the “social and cultural fabric of the town.”

The sorry politics of Israel

Mairav Zonszein, NY Times - The aggressive silencing of anyone who voices disapproval of Israeli policies or expresses empathy with Palestinians is the latest manifestation of an us-versus-them mentality that has been simmering for decades. It is based on the narrative that Palestinians are enemies who threaten Jewish sovereignty and are solely to blame for the failure to achieve peace. The Israeli peace camp — which remains obsessively focused on stopping settlement expansion and pursuing the ever-elusive two-state solution while ignoring Israel’s failure to separate religion and state and guarantee equal rights for Arab citizens — has been incapable of challenging this mentality.

Israeli society has been unable and unwilling to overcome an exclusivist ethno-religious nationalism that privileges Jewish citizens and is represented politically by the religious settler movement and the increasingly conservative secular right. Israel’s liberal, progressive forces remain weak in the face of a robust economy that profits from occupation while international inaction reinforces the status quo. In their attempt to juggle being both Jewish and democratic, most Israelis are choosing the former at the expense of the latter. Continue reading the main story Continue reading the main story Continue reading the main story

Israel has never, for example, genuinely addressed the fact that non-Jewish Arabs who generally identify as Palestinian account for about 20 percent of the population (this excludes the approximately three million Palestinians living under Israel’s control in East Jerusalem and the West Bank). Israel has also never clearly defined its borders, preferring to keep them vague and porous. Nor has it defined what it means to be “Israeli,” as distinct from being “Jewish,” leaving a vacuum that has been filled by nationalist and religious ideologues.

This has allowed the us-versus-them mentality to bleed into Israeli Jewish society. “Us” no longer refers to any Jewish citizen, and “them” to any Palestinian. Now, “us” means all those who defend the status quo of occupation and settlement expansion, including many Christian evangelicals and Republicans in America. And “them” means anyone who tries to challenge that status quo, whether a rabbi, a dissenting Israeli soldier or the president of the United States.

Perhaps this shouldn’t come as a shock. For most of Israel’s existence, the majority of Israelis have allowed the state, in the name of Jewish sovereignty and security, to violate Palestinians’ basic human rights — including access to water and the freedom of movement and assembly. The state has killed unarmed protesters and then failed to carry out investigations; it has allowed settlers and soldiers to act with impunity; and it has systematically discriminated against non-Jewish citizens. After so many years of repressing those who stand in the way, the transition to targeting “one of your own” isn’t so difficult. Now it is the few Jewish Israelis who speak the language of human rights who are branded as enemies.

Zeev Sternhell, a political scientist and an expert on fascism, believes that “radical nationalism” and the “erosion of Enlightenment values” have reached new heights in Israel. “To grieve for the loss of life on both sides is already a subversive act, treason,” he told Haaretz. Mr. Sternhell has experienced Jewish extremist violence firsthand; in 2008, a settler planted a bomb in his home that wounded him.

US Jewish organizations funding US police officers' training In Israel

43 members of Israel's intellegence group rebel againt targeting Palestinians

Tikun Olam - 43 reserve members of the IDF’s prestigious intelligence group, Unit 8200, signed a letter refusing to take part in operations targeting Palestinians or in furthering the military Occupation. Activists who’ve paid attention to Israeli military affairs over the past decade or more know that hundreds of soldiers and inductees have similarly refused military service in the West Bank. But this group is different. Unit 8200 is the equivalent of the NSA. It is one of the most critical weapons in the IDF arsenal to defend the nation’s security. It participates in myriad ways supporting, and even initiating IDF operations. It is the biggest intelligence unit in the Israeli army. This is the first time any such officers have publicly protested.

These refusers are not Edward Snowden. They are not spilling secrets or naming names. But their motivation for protesting against Israeli intelligence operations is almost the same as Snowden’s. They claim that there is virtually no oversight or restraint against spying on Palestinians. That there is no distinction made between innocent and guilty Palestinians. That their goal as intelligence operatives was to subvert Palestinian society from within.

... Unfortunately, in one sense the refusers are on shaky legal footing regarding their claims. Not because they’re not correct in substance–they are. But because, similar to the NSA (which has virtual carte blanche regarding foreign citizens), Palestinians have no standing under Israeli law. They are not citizens and therefore are not afforded even the minimal protections offered to Israelis. One can argue that Unit 8200, like the NSA should have constraints on its operations against non-citizens. But that’s not the case.

... In terms of how the intelligence personnel’s participation in this letter will be seen by the populace, they will be treated as the Justice Department has treated Snowden. They will be seen as oddballs and in certain circles as traitors.

... I can’t exaggerate how brave these officers have been. As those who read this blog regularly know, service in Unit 8200 is a steppingstone into Israeli high tech. It offers a wide array of professional opportunities that are not available to those who don’t serve there. Veterans network amongst each other and it’s like a Good Old Boys’ club, only more so. The signers will be blackballed. They will lose privileges, friendships, promotions. This is a big step for them.

The names of the signatories have so far been shielded from public knowledge. Though clearly the IDF knows who they are since the did sign their names to the original letter. I predict that the prime minister will find a way to leak the names

Yale Episcoplian chaplain forced to resign for not being a Zionist

One third of Israelis are considering emmigrating

The dead Mid East journalists you don't hear about

Word:Jimmy Carter on Hamas

Israel flagged as top spy threat to US

Israeli spyng on US update

Leaked documents reveal US sees Israel as a spying threat

IS ISRAEL SPYING ON AMERICAN CITIZENS' PHONE CALLS?

ISRAEL TOOK BILLIONS IN U.S. AID WHILE SPYING ON AMERICA

American media coverage of Israel

Zionism in trouble

Word: Where the Palestinian crisis began

[The war crimes Israel and Obama are committing

How Israel helped to create Hamas

More on Israel's role in building Hamas

Israelis gather on hilltops to cheer assault on Gaza

Word: Ralph Nader's summary of the Gaza crisis

US Congress unanimously supports Israel's invasion of Gaza

Word: To my fellow American Jews

Word: Desmond Tutu to the Presbyterian Assembly

Jewish opposition to Israeli policies growing

Israelis even suppress Palestinian soccer

80,000 thousand Palestinians have water cut off for three months

When you say something right in Washington, you have to apologize for it

Kerry backs Israeli apartheid

Kerry pushes Israeli occupation of Palestine

Kerry supports Israeli land theft

UN rapporteur: Israeli policies have characteristics of apartheid, ethnic cleansing

South African Christian leaders take on Israeli apartheid

Israeli forces permanently injure Palestinian soccer players

How bankrolling Israel hurts Mid East peace

Chapters from the Ariel Sharon story

Declaring Israel a "Jewish state" is like declaring the US a "white state"

2013

Israel had Palestinian prisoners locked in outdoor cages during recent snow

NSA shares American citizens' phone calls & emails with Israel

Israel to pay college students as propagandists on Facebook et al

Ten reasons Netanyahu is full of it on Iran

Israelis turn prejudice towards Africans

Blll Clinton takes a half million bucks for speech to anti-Palestinian group in Israel

State Department names Israel lobbyist as special envoy on anti-semitism

News museum caves to Israel lobby

The split among Jews

Israel segregating some of its buses

NYC officials threaten funding of Brooklyn College over Israel event

Israel forces Ethopian women immigrants to have contraceptive injections

2012

US plans to spend up to $100 miillion for Israeli air facility

Israel poorly regarded around the world

Carter criicizes Netanyahu, Obama

Two thirds of Israeli Jews favor apartheid

Adelson harming Israel's progressive media

Obama pressures Europeans not to help Palestinians

Quakers divest from Hewlett Packard over Palestine

Great Israeli predictions

Former top Israel defense official reveals US spends more on his country's defense than taxpayers do

Democratic think tanks dump Israel critics

Israeli officials simmer down about Iran after meeting with US aides

America and Israel

Democratic platform removes some pro Israel language

Five top Israeli figures who don't want to bomb Iran


Israeli police torture handcuffed Palestinian

South Africa tells citizens to boycott Israel

Israeli PM wants to attack Iran but lacks cabinet and military support

Word: Israel's fading democracy

US anti-prostitution provision hurts AIDS effort

Israeli politicians censor intelligence chief's warning on Iran

Israel IDF chief goes off reservation on Iran

Nearly half of Israeli youth oppose equal rights for Israeli Arabs

The billboards CBS removed

Road to Apartheid: a new documentary by a South African and a Jewish Israeli

Israel's seige of Gaza enters 6th year

Israeli diplomat urges intimidation of critics

Ex-Israeli spymaster worried by country's leadership

Haaretz article: Tourists should get a warning before coming to Israel

Israeli air force gearing up for attack on Iran

The not so secret services of Colombia

Israel demands tourists not deal with pro-Palestinians

States face legal issue over buying Israeli bonds. . .

Israel won't warn US before Iran strike

Israel's discrimination against women becoming big issue

Obama's new chief of staff is big Israel supporter

Israel unfreezes Palestinian Authority tax millions

Haaretz says Peres is only politician who can stop Iran attack

Plurality of Americans support Palestinian state

Obama headed for Mid East disaster over Palestine

NYC ads call to end US military aid to Israel

Absent an Obama peace plan, Jimmy Carter supports Palestinian UN recognition

Israel okays 1500 new settlements in West Bank

Turns out the U.S, has guaranteed Israeli bonds

Israel to attack Iran?

Israel: A dysfunctional relative, not an ally

Obama declares war on UN over Palestine

Israel & U.S. have repeatedly lied over Palestine's willingness to make concessions

How Israel abuses Palestinians

Budrus is an award-winning documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier.

Israel to hire Internet trolls

Obama offers Israel 20 jets to do right for just 90 days

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR ATTACKS ISRAEL'S TREATMENT OF PALESTINE

ISRAEL MOVES TO EXPAND APARTHEID

OBAMA SELLS OUT BIG TIME TO ISRAEL

ISRAELI SPIES POSING AS ARTISTS BACK AGAIN

HOW TO CLOSE THE DOOR ON PEACE

WHY HAMAS SHOULD BE AT THE TABLE

THE MOST UNDEMOCRATIC SENATOR

ISRAEL'S TERRORIST ATTACK ON FLOTILLA WAS INTERNATIONAL CRIME

HAMAS AND HEZBOLLAH TURN TO NON-VIOLENCE

CAMERON CALLS GAZA STRIP A 'PRISON CAMP'

SIGNS OF DEMI-SEMITISM

TWO STORIES ISRAEL DOESN'T WANT YOU TO REMEMBER

FIRST DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE OF ISRAEL NUCLEAR STOCKPILE: OFFERED TO SELL BOMBS TO SOUTH AFRICA'S APARTHEID REGIME

US FUNDS ISRAEL'S APARTHEID ROADS PLAN

ISRAELI SEIZURES TAKE 42% OF PALESTINE'S WEST BANK

JAILING OF FBI LEAKER WILL MAKE ISRAEL HAPPY

ISRAELI DEMOCRACY BY THE NUMBERS MAKES ARIZONA LOOK LIKE HEAVEN

DESMOND TUTU ON BOYCOTTING ISRAEL

ISRAELI APARTHEID HITS THE COURTS

THE CASE FOR TALKING WITH HAMAS

BIN LADEN: PALESTINE IS THE KEY ISSUE

CIA REPORTED INVOLVED IN TORTURE OF PALESTINIANS

OBAMA JOINS ISRAEL NUKE COVERUP

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF PALESTINE

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT SAYS ISRAEL PROMISED HIM NO ATTACK ON IRAN

MAJOR BRITISH TRADE UNIONS CALL FOR PARTIAL BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL

UN REPORT: ISRAEL SHOULD FACE WAR CRIMES PROSECUTION

RED CROSS ATTACKS ISRAEL'S TREATMENT OF GAZA

MADOFF MAY HAVE BEEN MOVING FUNDS TO ISRAEL

ISRAEL GETTING NEARLY $3 BILLION FROM U.S. TO CONTINUE INTERNATIONAL LAW BREAKING

NEW BOOK: ISRAEL DELIBERATELY ATTACKED
AMERICAN SHIP IN SIX DAY WAR

NETANYAHU CALLED FOR 'LIMITED PALESTINIAN STATE' 6 YEARS AGO

ISRAELI MINISTER'S WEIRD THREATS AGAINST THE U.S.

JEWISH EXTREMISTS TARGET BERKELEY PAPER

ISRAEL GIVES JEWS A BAD NAME

HOW ISRAEL SPIES ON THE U.S.

SEGREGATION IN ISRAEL

ISRAELIS USE GAZA FOR ILLEGAL & UNTESTED WEAPONS

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR CAUGHT CALLING GAZA A "PREINTRODUCTION" TO DEAL WITH IRAN

ISRAEL'S DETACHMENT FROM REALITY OOO

GAZA A BIG FAILURE FOR ISRAEL

UN CHIEF APPALLED BY GAZA DAMAGE

TOM FRIEDMAN BACKS ISRAELI WAR CRIMES

ISRAEL DITCHES ALL PRETENSE OF DEMOCRACY; BANS ARAB PARTIES

THE HIDDEN REASON ISRAEL WANTS GAZA UNDER ITS CONTROL

ISRAEL LOSING SUPPORT AMONG THE JEWISH YOUNG

TIME TO STOP BEING AFRAID OF ISRAEL

ISRAELIS KILL 20 TIMES AS MANY IN THREE DAYS
AS HAMAS HAS IN SIX YEARS

LONELY POLITICAL VOICES FOR DECENCY IN GAZA: KUCINICH & MCKINNEY

AHMADINEJAD WOULD ACCEPT ISRAEL IF PALESTINIANS AGREE

UN BILLS ISRAEL $1 BILLION FOR DAMAGES DONE IN LEBANON WAR

ISRAEL: THE COUNTRY THAT WOULDN'T GROW UP

ISRAEL'S BLOCKADE CAUSES ONE MILLION PALESTINIANS TO DEPEND ON INTERNATIONAL AID

POLL FINDS ISRAELIS DEEPLY PREJUDICED AGAINST ARABS

ISRAELIS USE THE WORD 'APARTHEID' TOO

WHAT THE MEDIA FORGOT TO TELL YOU: 64% OF ISRAELIS WANT TALKS WITH HAMAS

THE HAMAS STATEMENT BUSH & ISRAEL WANT EVERYONE TO IGNORE

ISRAELI COURT SAYS IT'S FINE FOR GOVERNMENT TO HARM RESIDENTS OF GAZA STRIP

ISRAEL: ECHOES OF AMERICA'S ONCE SEGREGATED SOUTH

ISRAEL: WHY OCCUPATION BREEDS TERROR

ONE STATE SOLUTION ATTRACTS SCHOLARS, ACTIVISTS

PALESTINIANS LEFT WITH LITTLE ELSE TO LOSE

PSYCHOLOGIST FINDS ISRAELI TROOPS ENJOYING BRUTALITY AGAINST CIVILIANS

JEWISH AMERICAN TEENS INDOCTRINATED AT ISRAELI MILITARY CAMP

TOP JOHNSON ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS THOUGHT ISRAEL'S ATTACK ON USS LIBERTY WAS DELIBERATE

ISRAEL HAS COST U.S. $1.6 TRILLION - $5700 PER AMERICAN

TOPICS
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BOYCOTT
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MIDEAST NEWS
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Mid East paradigms
 

Stats
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Israeli apartheid: the numbers 

2014


TIKUN OLAM

Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of US foreign assistance since World War II. According to a Congressional Research Service report, Israel has received to date $121 billion (current, or non-inflation-adjusted, dollars) in bilateral assistance from the United States. - Ynet

2013


PEW RESEARCH

Boycott
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Phone app to boycott Israel

2014

Israel's assault on Palestine motivated by far more than religion

Interview with a founding member of Israel's Boycott from Within

Kerry backs Israeli apartheid

Kerry pushes Israeli occupation of Palestine

Kerry supports Israeli land theft

Two Harvard presidents, past and present, refuse to boycott Israeli apartheid

EU noving towards sanctions against Israel apartheid

Roads to ending Israeli apartheid

Pink Floyd legend joins boycott Israel campaign

Israeli apartheid: the numbers

Gaza, West Bank

How America is part of the war on Palestine

Israel planning more ethnic cleansing

Google declares Palestine a country, not a territory

UN report rules Israel's West Bank settlements illegal

2012

Israel destroying Palestinian water supply

Israel Seizes $120m in Palestinian Funds Over UN Vote

In Wake of Palestinian Statehood Vote, Netanyahu Orders New Settlements

Truth and Trauma in Gaza

Israel launches segregated buses

Palestine update

The hidden factor behind Israeli apartheid

Word: Misreading Israel and Palestine

What really happened with the cease fire

Nader: The Israelis as provocateurs

Israeli myths about Gaza

More myths about Gaza

Department of Hmm...

Polls: Palestinians have little American support

Israelis attack two media offices, injury at least eight journalists

Obama supports Israeli invasion of Gaza

Palestine over time

Israel's war on Gaza: nearly 200 airstrikes

Israel destroys Gaza prime minister's office

What Israel is really up to

Israeli foreign minister threatens to destroy Palestinian Authority

ESSAYS

TIME TO STOP BEING AFRAID OF ISRAEL

OUTSOURCING FOREIGN POLICY TO ISRAEL

ISRAELI OCCUPATION BOYCOTT

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END THE OCCUPATION
JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE
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SAM SMITH

Imagine if we had told Israel and Palestine a few years ago that if they would just make nice we would give them enough money to equal Israel's GDP for one year and Palestine's for three. Take the time off, go to the Riviera or the Catskills, forget about productivity, and just party on thanks to the American taxpayer. Or if Israel and Palestine wanted to be really sensible, they could have invested in their countries' future instead. Think how much safer we would be today. . . But where would such a large sum of money come from? Well, all we would have had to have done was to cancel the invasion of Iraq and used the money as a carrot rather than as a bludgeon. For that is just what it has cost us so far. (2007)

God appointed America to save the world in any way that suits America. God appointed Israel to be the nexus of America's Middle Eastern policy and anyone who wants to mess with that idea is a) anti-Semitic, b) anti-American, c) with the enemy, and d) a terrorist." - John le Carr, London Times, 2003