[Marxism] Israeli ‘human rights reforms’ help maintain discrimination
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PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity) #385 June 27, 2008
ISRAEL: 60 YEARS OF RACISM
Israeli ‘human rights reforms’ help maintain discrimination
Israel’s discrimination against its Arab population has existed since the
founding of the state. It has created poverty among Israeli Arabs that is three
times greater than that in the country’s Jewish population.
This discrimination is actively promoted by Israel’s "national institutions"
- the Jewish Agency and Jewish National Fund. Nor is this surprising, for
the basic principle of these organizations is to take care of Jews and Jews
Human rights activists were therefore delighted when the World Zionist
Congress decided to include Israeli Arabs in the Jewish Agency’s development plan.
The WZC went so far as to state that "reducing gaps, coexistence and
dialogue are important Zionist goals".
How progressive! In reality, however, this decision, like so many others,
only strengthened discrimination by hiding it behind empty words of ‘reform’.
And there have been many such Israeli ‘reforms’. Some deal only with
marginal aspects of existing discrimination. Others propose changes that are never
implemented. Either way, the discrimination continues as before.
A classic example of this was the Israeli High Court’s ruling in the Kada'an
case. This decision seemed to promise equality for all Israelis by giving
non-Jewish families the right to move into Jewish-only communities.
The ruling looked like a victory of democracy over racism. Many imagined it
would bring about an end to the national institutions' racist policy of
selling or renting land only to Jews.
The discrimination, however, did not stop. The national institutions simply
transferred the right to discriminate against non-Jews to the leaders of the
Jewish-only communities. Non-Jewish applicants continued to be refused.
Whenever there is a threat to Zionist discrimination there is a good deal of
heated debate in Israel. In the end, however, the discrimination continues
in terms of the economy, planning, education and more. Most Israelis see
nothing really wrong with this. It is, after all, "a basic principle of Zionism."
Discrimination is a basic principle of Zionism. Think about that the next
time you hear Israel described as "a modern, western style country" and "the
only democracy in the Middle East!
Adapted from "A ridiculous war against the gaps" by Israeli journalist Meron
Benvenist, first published in Israel’s leading newspaper Ha’aretz on June
29, 2006. _http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=732551_
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