Well, this is bad news. http://www.arabnews.com/?page=4§ion=0&article=104456&d=10&m=12&y=2007
RAMALLAH, West Bank, 10 December 2007 — The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) yesterday said on the release of the organization’s annual report that prejudice against Arab-Palestinians is reaching new heights. According to the report, 50 percent of Israel’s Jewish population believes that Arabs do not deserve equal rights.
Seventy-five percent of Jewish Israelis polled said they would not live in a building with Arab neighbors, and 74 percent of youth polled said they believed Arabs were “not intelligent” and “not clean.”
I did some superficial research on ACRI, and they seem legitimate. Like an ACLU in Israel.
Among Jewish respondents, 55 percent support the idea that the state should encourage Arab emigration from Israel and 78 percent oppose the inclusion of Arab political parties in the government.
The ACRI said that bills introduced in the Knesset (parliament) contribute to delegitimize the country’s Arab citizens, such as ones that would link the right to vote and receive state allowances to military or national service.
They also include bills that require ministers and Knesset members to swear allegiance to a Jewish state and those that set aside 13 percent of all state lands owned by the Jewish National Fund for Jews only. “Arab citizens are frequently subjected to ridicule at the airports,” the report states.
Zahava Gal-On, chairwoman of Israeli party Meretz, said that “It has become clear that the Israeli government is violating the basic human rights of many sectors of society while revealing deep-seated racism. The government of Israel must wipe this racist mark of shame from its forehead.”
Israeli organizations working for the advancement of rights of Ethiopians in the Jewish state said last Friday that they have been receiving hundreds of complaints each year concerning discriminatory and racist attitudes in toward members of the minority ethnicity in Israel.