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WATCH: 'Israeli Arab' or Palestinian?

One in five Israeli citizens are Arab — Muslim, Christian, Druze, Bedouin. A 2014 +972 Magazine poll found that the percentage of Arab citizens of Israel who identify as Palestinian has risen dramatically in recent years. Rami Younis and Israel Social TV explore the changing Palestinian identity politics inside Israel. Stay tuned for the next episodes of this series.

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    1. carmen

      Don’t let anyone identify you, tell you who you are or where you’re from. Don’t give anyone that kind of power and control over you. You know who you are. Love social tv. More, more, more!

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    2. Tony Riley

      The wannabe Palestinian should move to Palestine and see how he likes living under Hamas or the PLO.

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      • Bruce Gould

        @Tony: So Americans who identify as African-American should consider how they would like living in Somalia? Buddhists should think about how they would like living in Tibet in a village with no indoor plumbing? People who identify as Muslim-Americans should think about how they would like living in ISIS-controlled areas of Syria? What on earth are you talking about?

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      • Oriol

        So you mean all the settlers living in the West Bank should identify as Arabic? (They are free to Tel Aviv, of course, or even to Old Prussia.)

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    3. Baladi Akka 1948

      The poll by 972 only gives four choices, and it lacks ‘Arab-Palestinian’ and Palestinian citizen of Israel’ or ‘Palestinian living in Israel’, labels that are often used by Palestinians themselves.
      Maybe next time you should ask a Palestinian social scientist and not an Israeli Jewish pollster to elaborate such a poll.
      I do love Tamer Nafar very much but why do he and Rami Younes speak together in Hebrew ? And why do Rami speak Hebrew in the introduction ?

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    4. i_like_ike52

      To refer to Israeli Arabs as “Palestinians” or “Palestinian Israelis” is absolutely meaningless.
      The land that Israel and the Palesitnian Authority reside on is called “Palestine” by the Arabs and “Eretz Israel” by the Jews. This land has Jews, and Arabs and Circassians and Druzim and Armenians, Muslims, Christians and others living on it. By definition, they are ALL Palestinians in the territorial sense. This includes the Israeli Jews.
      Now, there is also a geo=political entity existing in this territory, by the side of Israel called “the Palestinian Authority”. Thus, we can also refer to the citizens of this Authority as “Palestinians”. But what about the Israeli Arabs. They are indeed Palestinians by the first definition mentioned above, but then again, so are Jews so calling them “Palestinians” according to this definition does NOT refer specifically to Israeli Arabs.
      According to the second definition relating to the Palestinian Authority, they would not be considered “Palestinians” since they are not residents of that Authority.
      Thus, it is absolutely meaningless and actually misleading to use the term “Palestinian Israelis” as referring to Arabs who are citizens of Israel.
      It is also incorrect to use the term “Palestinian Israelis” for Israeli Arabs for the purpose of disconnecting the Israeli Arabs from the wider Arab umma because the first clause of the Palestinian constitution states that the Palestinians are an integral part of the Arab umma, so it is preposterous to say that Israeli Arabs are not “Arabs” because they are part of that same umma and are proud of it.

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