A new study into discrimination in the Israeli employment market finds that the resumes of Yuval Hershkowitz and Eden Almog are still going to generate far more consideration than those submitted by Yuval Amsalem and Waleed Houri. By Yossi Dahan (Translated from Hebrew by Noam Benishei) Yuval Hershkowitz, an Ashkenazi Jew, and Yuval Amsalem, a Mizrahi Jews, graduated from the same high school. They recently completed their military service, where they were both trained in counterterrorism. Both of them sent their resumes by emailto potential employers seeking to recruit security guards. Their application letters were sent to employers in six…Read More... | 5 Comments
We do not need to find identical practices to those prevailing in pre-1994 South Africa in order to determine whether apartheid exists elsewhere. By Ran Greenstein For a few years now, opinion pieces and articles in the South African and Israeli press have shown confusion regarding the meaning of the comparison between Israel and apartheid South Africa. How can we sort out the conceptual mess that afflicts the debates around the issue? First, let us examine the meaning of apartheid. The term defines the race-based regime of political domination and social marginalisation that ruled South Africa from 1948 to 1994. Alongside…Read More... | 37 Comments
Materials about cultural events and health services, and even street signs, are often written in Hebrew and English only, ignoring the 20 percent of Israel's citizens who are native Arabic speakers. 'It shouldn’t be this way; Palestinians, as an indigenous national minority, should feel at home in the state that was established on the land we have called home for centuries.' By Khalil Mari Last week I attended a concert in Acre of Andalusian music performed by a group from Ashkelon. The concert itself was enjoyable but the whole experience left a sour taste in the collective mouth of many Palestinian…Read More... | 48 Comments
Aside from emergency services, Israel doesn't provide asylum seekers with an adequate solution to health and medical problems. This year, however, the Health Ministry established a limited medical clinic designed for the refugee population. While the clinic is a small step in the right direction, the question remains: In a country with a public health system, why can't refugees simply receive treatment in public hospitals along with Israelis and other residents? http://youtu.be/b84GPsjIeskRead More...
Amid efforts to deport, imprison and segregate African asylum seekers in Israel, real estate agents are now marketing 'clean' apartment blocs, meaning no foreign workers or asylum seekers will live there. Last week Army Radio reported that real estate agencies in south Tel Aviv are advertising “clean apartments.” According to Army Radio's web site, a real estate agent said, “we don't let foreign workers rent the apartments. If there are foreigners, then they're Nepali or Filipino – normal people.” Whoever listened to the radio broadcast could hear the agent say, “not blacks.” For some unknown reason, those two words were omitted…Read More... | 25 Comments
A new bill allowing discrimination against Israelis who don't serve in the army contradicts some of Israel's Basic Laws, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein wrote in an opinion published Sunday evening. The bill, he added, will hurt population groups which are already discriminated against. According to the draft legislation, favoring people who served in the IDF will not be considered discrimination nor will it be challengeable in court. Since Palestinian citizens of Israel are not required to serve in the military and most ultra-Orthodox are exempted from doing so, the new bill will give employers and real-estate owners a legal way…Read More...
The Israeli government's Ministerial Committee for Legislation decided today (Sunday) to back a bill by MK Yariv Levin (Likud) which will allow discrimination against Arabs and ultra-Orthodox in employment and real-estate rights. According for the suggested legislation, favoring people who served in the IDF will not be considered discrimination nor will it be challengeable in court. Since Palestinian citizens of Israel are not required to serve in the military and most ultra-Orthodox are exempted from doing so, the new bill will give employers and real-estate owners a legal way to reject Palestinian applicants. Palestinians are underrepresented in almost all areas…Read More... | 14 Comments
Imagine that the 'New York Times' published an op-ed defending the segregation of white and black schoolchildren at an American amusement park. That's more or less what happened in Israel recently. By Mairav Zonszein and Lisa Goldman This article was originally published on the Daily Beast's Open Zion blog on June 14, 2013. Imagine that Six Flags Great Adventure, a New Jersey adventure park, quietly instituted separate days for black and white schoolchildren. Exposed by the media, the management claimed they had acted in response to complaints from some white parents about the behavior of the black children, saying they behaved badly and…Read More... | 12 Comments
An Israeli amusement park found itself in hot water after being caught segregating Jewish and Arab school groups. But instead of being an aberration, the incident is reflective of the dominant culture of segregation and discrimination that permeates Israeli society from the bottom up. "Superland" - the Israeli amusement park exposed for segregating Arab and Jewish citizens this week - is the most fittingly tragic and ironic title for how I see the current Israeli zeitgeist. No screenwriter or playwright could have come up with a better concept for a tragic comedy about this place. It captures the two most dominant concepts…Read More... | 63 Comments
Israeli police's failure to stop the murder of two young Bedouin sisters highlights the arbitrariness of citizenship and discrimination for Palestinians under occupation - regardless of whether they are citizens. Abir Dandis, the mother of the two girls found dead in an unrecognized Bedouin village in southern Israel last Tuesday, is not an Israeli citizen. In a more perfect world, her citizenship status wouldn't matter, considering she is in an abusive relationship and her daughters' lives were in imminent danger. But the Israel Police were well aware of her citizenship status when she went to alert them of her concerns for…Read More... | 11 Comments
A profile of one of the most influential people in the struggle for social justice in Israel. Although he was kept out of academia, perhaps it was for the better. Who knows how much we would have lost had he wasted his days trying to sneak an article into the American Journal of Sociology. By Yossi Dahan (Translated from Hebrew by Aviel Lewis, edited by: Ami Asher) My first encounter with the name Shlomo Swirski was in the early 1980s as a student reading his book, Not Backward but Made Backward (1981). The rumor about the underground, green-covered book travelled by…Read More... | 1 Comment
Demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem are part and parcel of Israel's publicly stated plans to reduce and control the demography of Palestinians and non-Jews in Jerusalem. With little chance of receiving building permits, Palestinian families often decide to build anyway, hoping that maybe their home will be spared. On Wednesday April 24, Israeli authorities demolished three Palestinian houses in the At Tur neighborhood on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem. The pretext, as usual, was that the owner had built illegally, though he had spent months applying for permits from the Jerusalem Municipality and provided all requested…Read More... | 5 Comments
Israeli airlines stopped flying this morning in an open-ended strike opposing the country's Open Skies agreement with the EU. The issue is complicated and there are no easy ways to resolve it. On the one hand, there is no question that opening Israeli airport(s) to more flights is good for consumers: it will bring more tourists, create new jobs and lower prices, making it cheaper for Israelis to fly. But the way Israeli airlines are structured at the moment, it would drive the three companies out of business. As Gideon Afek writes in the Times of Israel: El Al today…Read More... | 1 Comment
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