What About the Palestinian Citizens of Israel? | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

What About the Palestinian Citizens of Israel?

On June 11, the Foundation for Middle East Peace held a panel discussion at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC to discuss the current situation in Israeli-Palestinian relations, with a specific focus on the treatment of Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Jafar Farah, the founder and director of the Mossawa Center, the Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens in Israel, launched the conversation with remarks about the inequality Palestinian citizens of Israel encounter in everyday life. Israel’s 2018 Basic Law defines the country as the “nation-state of the Jewish people,” a classification that blatantly discriminates against the country’s Palestinian minority. “We cannot live in a reality where we are second-class citizens as a result of a constitutional law that says that Arabic is not the language of the state, and that segregated housing is legal,” Farah stated. He went on to call for a new paradigm in which equality and human rights, rather than nationalism, is stressed.

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