Some of you may remember the relentless attacks on Jimmy Carter after publication of his book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. To deflect some of the criticism, Carter was at pains to distinguish the situation between Arabs in the Occupied Territories and Arab-Israeli citizens. Regarding the latter, he assured his audiences that within Israel proper “democracy prevails and citizens live together and are guaranteed equal status.”
Like Carter, many of us are ill-informed or confused about the reality of life in Israel for its Arab citizens.
Now the truth is made accessible in a remarkable video produced by Adalah (“justice” in Arabic), the Legal Center for Minority Rights in Israel. Mixing the hard statistics about institutionalized racial discrimination with the musical revelations of Arab-Israeli rap artists and on-the-street interviews by undercover Arab comedians, who gently elicit the disturbing and sometimes laughable bigotry of Israeli passersby, Adalah takes us on a short but illuminating odyssey through the separate and unequal world of Israel. Watch it now!