Today, many young Arab citizens of Israel are no longer afraid of being proud of their Palestinian identity. Yet there is a general sense that the establishment is trying to prevent them from defining their own identity. What happens when Arabs who take pride in their people want to ‘make it’ into the mainstream? The third and final part in a series on Palestinian identity in Israel. Watch parts one and two.
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- Rami Younis
Rami Younis is a Palestinian journalist, filmmaker and activist from Lydd (Lod) with a broad history of amplifying local opinions through various mediums. His work has been published in both Israeli and international media. Rami writes about numerous issues of interest to the Palestinian community in Israel, including new cultural initiatives. He also covers issues of political importance to both Israel’s Palestinian citizens and Palestinians in the occupied territories.
In his work as an activist with an interest in social and political issues, Rami was the representative of the Tajamoa (Balad) political party during his studies at Hebrew University. He is also one of the founders of the Palestinian activist group Khotweh, which focuses on issues like home demolitions and Palestinian identity in cities like Lydd and Ramleh (mixed Jewish-Arab cities). He has also served as a parliamentary consultant and spokesperson for Palestinian Member of Knesset Haneen Zoabi.
Rami sees his journalism as a form of resistance. Rami hopes that his writing will encourage other Palestinians to voice their opinions publicly and speak out against the discrimination of the Israeli government against its Palestinian citizens. He also hopes his writing offers an alternative to mainstream media outlets that largely ignore Palestinian perspectives.
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