Very nice article. Israeli propaganda often says that Israeli Arabs have it better than any Arabs in the Arab World. That’s a dubious proposition to say the least. Furthermore, they experience a lot of overt and not so overt forms of discrimination of the sort that would be illegal or even unheard of in the US.
For instance, in many towns and cities, Arabs are forbidden from expanding their municipalities. In addition, Arabs are often forbidden from adding to existing homes. It’s either legal or very common to discriminate against Arabs in housing, schooling, employment, accommodations and many other areas.
Many jobs require one to have served in the Israeli armed forces, and most Arabs don’t serve. Also many companies do business with the IDF, and those companies usually don’t want any Arabs working with them on sensitive issues.
There has been an ongoing Israeli project called the “Judaization of the Galilee.” This involves deliberately building all-Jewish towns and cities throughout this Arab part of Israel. In addition, it involves surrounding Arab municipalities with these Jewish towns.This project is completely uncontroversial in Israel and even liberal publications like Ha’aretz write about it unapologetically.
Can you imagine if the US government was involved in a project called “The Whitening of Mississippi,” which involved surrounding Black towns with White towns, building up all White towns to weaken Black influence and forbidding Blacks from expanding the size of their towns and from expanding the size of already existing dwellings?
Many Israeli military bases were deliberately constructed very close to Arab locales for the reason that during a war, attacks on the bases that missed would hit neighboring Arabs and kill and hurt them instead of killing or hurting nearby Jews.
Can you imagine if the US government deliberately built military bases near Black communities on the grounds that if the enemy attacked them, misses would hurt and kill nearby Blacks and at least White folks would be spared?
So it is that Israel is so lousy for Arabs that many are leaving to head for the Palestinian territories, especially the West Bank. There, the Arabs experience no prejudice, and they say that there are many more opportunities for them than there are in Israel. Many of the Arabs leaving are the best and the brightest. That’s Israel’s loss I suppose.
We really need to cast aside the Hasbara line that says, “You ever seen any Israeli Arabs leaving to go live in the Territories, or in the Arab World?” Well, now you do. More Hasbara bites the dust.