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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- Rami Younis
A Palestinian writer and activist, Rami graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where his political activism got its start with the “Tajamoa” student group (National Democratic Union of Palestinians).
He is one of the founders of the Palestinian activist group, “Khotweh” (a “step” in Arabic), which focused on home demolitions and Palestinian identity in Lyd and Ramleh, mixed Jewish-Arab cities in occupied historical Palestine, particularly with youth.
Rami started his career in the pharmaceutical and tech industries. He later served as a parliamentary consultant and spokesperson for Palestinian Member of Knesset Haneen Zoabi.
On one of his many travels, Rami found himself being asked why people don’t see more Palestinian travelers. After thinking about it for a second, he coined the phrase: “Because we’re preOCCUPIED with other shit,” which he hasn’t stopped repeating since.
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