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Shedding Light on Discrimination Against Arab Citizens of Israel

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!

Targeted Citizen – English from Adalah on Vimeo.

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Carol Sanders was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She is a retired legal services attorney and author of legal texts. She lived in Israel from 1963 to 1966, where she worked on a kibbutz, did graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and served as an assistant to the then-mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek. Carol is a long-time activist with Jewish Voice for Peace, and is the JVP representative to the Middle East Advisory Committee and a member of Bay Area Women in Black.

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