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
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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