Belgian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel


BA4P: The Israeli Palestinians.

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(2) Articles: below (latest first)

  • Ilan PAPPÉ: « The Forgotten Palestinians. A History of the Palestinians in Israel. » Yale UP 2011, 336p.
    In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed historian Ilan Pappé tells the fascinating story of the Palestinians of Israel, whose experiences have been neglected amid the endless coverage of Israel's Jewish citizens and the dispossessed Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • « Arab citizens of Israel. » Wikipedia (2015): click here!
    The Arab citizens of Israel... comprise a hybrid community of Israeli citizens with a heritage of Palestinian citizenship, mixed religions (Muslim, Christian or Druze), bilingual in Arabic and Hebrew, and with varying social identities. Self-identification as Palestinian citizens of Israel has sharpened in recent years, alongside distinct identities including Galilee and Negev Bedouin, the Druze people, and Arab Christians and Arab Muslims who do not identify as Palestinians...
  • Sharri PLONSKI: « Palestinian Citizens of Israel. Power, Resistance and the Struggle for Space, » I.B.Tauris, 2017, 384p., ISBN 9781784536565. click here!
    The contest to maintain and reclaim space is firmly tied to the identity and culture of a displaced population. Palestinian Citizens of Israel is a study of Palestinian communities living inside the Jewish state and their attempts to disrupt and reshape the physical and abstract boundaries that contain them. Through extensive fieldwork and numerous interviews, Sharri Plonski conducts a comparative analysis of resistance movements anchored in three key sites of the Palestinian experience: the defence of housing rights in Jaffa; the protest against settlement in the Galilee region; and the campaign for Bedouin land rights in the Naqab desert.
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    Articles (latest first):
    • David B.GREEN: « Ayman Odeh Still Believes in the Two-state Solution » (Haaretz, Jan 11, 2024): click here!
      Ayman Odeh was 16 when he was called in for a series of chats with the Shin Bet security service about his political activism. In his 40s, he was Israeli Jews' favorite Arab politician. Now he is bowing out of party politics, but not because he has abandoned the dream of a better future.
    • Yumna PATEL: « In ‘witch hunt,’ Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, Jerusalem IDs, face harassment, persecution amid Gaza war » (Mondoweiss, Oct 21, 2023): click here!
      In the wake of the Hamas attack on October 7th, Palestinian Citizens of Israel and residents of occupied Jerusalem are being targeted over their social media activity. Any expressions of Palestinian identity, or support for Gaza, is getting people fired from their jobs, expelled from universities, arrested, and doxxed online by right-wing Israeli groups.
    • Shira KADARI-OVADIA: « After Delay, Israel's Education Ministry Partially Funds Hebrew Studies in Arab Schools » (Haaretz, Sept 29, 2023): click here!
      The belated budget will reach 2,500 students beginning in November. The budget for the student-led program intends to assist with improving the poor state of Hebrew language studies in Arab schools.
    • Sheren Falah SAAB: « Hear the Cry of Every Arab in Israel, Living in the Shadow of Death » (Haaretz, Sept 23, 2023): click here!
      Who will stop the ongoing massacres in Arab communities? Itamar Ben-Gvir? A fascist and poisonous government? Imagine if such a massacre had taken place in a Jewish town: All of Israel would have risen to its feet. In the meantime, Arab society is soaking in its own blood.
    • Ahmad TIBI: « Palestinians in Israel Need International Intervention » (Haaretz, Sept 18, 2023): click here!
      A few years ago, an Israeli historian named Ilan Pappé published “The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel,” which highlighted the background and context of the Palestinians left in what became Israel.
    • Sheren Falah SAAB: « A Bloodstained Dress Told the Story of Arabs in Israel » (Haaretz, Sept 13, 2023): click here!
      At the Israeli film awards ceremony on Monday Watfa Jabali stood on the red carpet alongside actress Samar Qupty. Jabali wore black; Qupty wore a bloodstained white dress. It was a quiet protest.
    • Shira KADARIA-OVADIA, Sheren Falah SAAB & Keren SHIMONI: « Israeli Education Ministry Cancels Hebrew Language Program for Arab Schools » (Haaretz, Sept 3, 2023): click here!
      Teachers bump into their students at funerals, explain to nine-year-olds why the neighbor was shot and fear they could be next. When an entire society faces a crime epidemic, teachers get another job they didn't sign up for.
    • Ilan PAPPÉ: « The Implosion Ahead: The Israeli Hand in ‘Palestine 48’ Criminal Gangs » (The Palestine Chronicle, Sept 1, 2023): click here!
      The best way of ending the intensifying criminal activities among 48 Arab communities is directly linked to the overall decolonization and liberation of historical Palestine.
    • Sheren Falah SAAB: “Hear the Cry of Every Arab in Israel, Living in the Shadow of Death” (Haaretz, Aug 23, 2023): click here!
      Who will stop the ongoing massacres in Arab communities? Itamar Ben-Gvir? A fascist and poisonous government? Imagine if such a massacre had taken place in a Jewish town: All of Israel would have risen to its feet. In the meantime, Arab society is soaking in its own blood.
    • Haaretz Editorial: « In an Israel Governed by Netanyahu’s Racist Ultranationalists, Arab Blood Is Worth Nothing » (Haaretz, Aug 22, 2023): click here!
      Poverty and crime enter the vacuum that is created when the state abandons its citizens. Crime is the result, not the cause, of the lack of governance. If the Kahanist government continues in this vein, it is liable to bring about the collapse of the Arab local governments and to reap the chaos of poverty and crime.
    • Haaretz: “‘Arab Leaders Clash With Police During Protest Against Government's Freezing of Budgets’” (Haaretz, Aug 21, 2023): click here!
      MK Ayman Odeh was seemingly punched or grabbed by the neck by a Border Police officer as hundreds protest outside Finance Ministry over freezing of funds for Arab municipalities. One reginal council head was detained by police.
    • Hanin MAJADLI: “‘Where Are Israel's Arabs Supposed to Go?’” (Haaretz, Aug 10, 2023): click here!
      For two weeks now, I haven’t managed to relate to the difficult and even deadly events in our land. They are not unprecedented, but there is a sense that the violence is escalating. The tyranny and injustice were always there, but there were checks and balances, albeit limited, such as the High Court of Justice and international public opinion.
    • Baker ZOUBI: “‘The government’s goal is to leave Palestinians in Israel without leadership’” (Haaretz, Aug 10, 2023): click here!
      Despite criticisms of the body, Palestinian citizens view efforts to outlaw the High Follow-Up Committee as a dangerous attack on their political rights.
    • Linda DAYAN: “Quiet Arab ‘March of the Dead’ Delivers Loud Message to Israeli Society” (Haaretz, Aug 7, 2023): click here!
      Thousands of Arab and Jewish protesters came together on Sunday night in Tel Aviv to call on the government to combat the spiraling violence that has claimed 141 lives so far this year in the Arab community. ‘We’re citizens of Israel, we shouldn’t be so afraid to go out,’ says one demonstrator.
    • Josh BREINER: “July Was the Deadliest Month Ever for Israeli Arabs” (Haaretz, Aug 1, 2023): click here!
      28 Israeli Arabs were murdered in July, out of 33 total murders in the country. Police attribute the spiraling crisis to officers having to deal with protests against the government’s judicial overhaul, but analysis of the data suggests otherwise.
    • Deiaa Haj YAHIA: “Israel is ignoring crime in Palestinian communities ” (The Electronic Intifada, 27 July, 2023): click here!
      With over 130 murders this year alone, violent crime within Israel’s Palestinian community is reaching new levels and grabbing headlines. But while the murder rate is unprecedented, the crime spree has been a long time in the making.
    • Elisheva GOLDBERG: “We Are in a Daily Battle for Survival” (Jewish Currents, July 11, 2023): click here!
      Abandoned by the Israeli government, the country’s Palestinian citizens live at the mercy of organized crime.
    • Shira KADARIA-OVADIA: « Number of Arab Israeli Women With Academic Degree Doubled Within Decade, New Report Shows » (Haaretz, July 6, 2023): click here!
      The number of Arab Israeli women between 30 and 34 years old with a bachelor's degree or higher now stands at 25 percent. And it's not just young women either.
    • Yoav HAIFAWI: "Protesters in Haifa say violence epidemic in Palestinian communities the result of racist Israeli policy" (Mondoweiss, July 2, 2023): click here!
      On June 24, Palestinian leaders inside Israel held a national protest to address the recent spike in violence in their communities. They say the rise in crime is the direct result of the Israeli government empowering violent criminals.
    • Amjad IRAQI: " Why Israeli police aren’t the solution to Palestinian crime" (+972, June 18, 2023): click here!
      ​The fixation on policing has funneled us into a debate that avoids the real roots of the crisis of gun violence among Palestinian citizens ofIsrael. More than any other issue, personal safety is now the number one concern of Palestinian citizens, with some feeling they can hardly walk down the street, visit family members, or send kids to school without worrying if they will make it back home unharmed.
    • Jonathan LIS: " 18 Ministers, Only One Arab Rep: Israeli Gov't Establishes New Panel for Arab Issues" (Haaretz, June 18, 2023): click here!
      Led by Prime Minister Netanyahu himself, the committee that will deal with the wave of violent crime in Arab society will also include far-right representatives such as Bezalel Smotrich, Itamar Ben-Gvir and Orit Strock.
    • Iris LEAL: " The Blood of Murdered Israeli Arabs Is on Netanyahu’s Hands" (Haaretz, June 11, 2023): click here!
      There was a momentary shock. Benzi Gopstein, the chair of the organization Lehava (“for the prevention of assimilation in the Holy Land”), a student of Meir Kahane, is advising National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir on police and security matters.
    • Odeh BISHARAT: "Arabs in Israel Want to Live Without Fear of Death Too" (Haaretz, June 11, 2023): click here!
      “Massacre,” “Yafia.” These two words don’t belong together in my mind. Nevertheless, I worry that time will do its part. These words will yet come together in my brain and become a natural pairing, just as with every other massacre we have experienced. Reality is cruel, and so is language.
    • Sheren FALAH SAAB: "In Israel, Arab Lives Don't Matter" (Haaretz, June 9, 2023): click here!
      This government of poison and destruction has left no doubts about its intentions to abandon the Arabs to organized crime and violence, without a drop of sympathy or compassion. This is a government in which Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai once told National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir in a private conversation that “they murder each other, that’s the Arab mentality.”
    • Carolina LANDSMANN: "Israel's Arab Minority Is a Victim of the State" (Haaretz, June 8, 2023): click here!
      I got a push notification from an app. Something had happened. “Five people were shot to death in the town of Yafia near Nazareth ... Not long before, in Kafr Kana, a 3-year-old girl was seriously wounded by gunfire and a 30-year-old man was mortally wounded.”.
    • Deiaa HAJ YAHIA: "Man Shot in Northern Israel Marks 84th Homicide Victim in Arab Communities This Year" (Haaretz, May 31, 2023): click here!
      The deadly shooting followed a previous murder on Tuesday, when a 50-year-old man was shot dead in the northern city of Umm al-Fahm, and a 50-year-old woman was lightly wounded.
    • Noa SHPIGEL & Shira KADARI-OVADIA: "Knesset Advances Bills to Tighten Grip Over Arab Schools, Ease Restriction on Firing Arab Teachers" (Haaretz, May 31, 2023): click here!
      The bills, submitted by Likud lawmaker Amit Halevy, seek to set stricter criteria for obtaining a teaching license. If legislated, the bill would require the Education Ministry to conduct a security background check on every potential teacher.
    • Itay MASHIACH: "She's Leading a Revolution in Her Traditional Israeli Druze Community. And She's Not Alone" (Haaretz, May 19, 2023): click here!
      Samira Azzam defied tradition by starting a party that fielded the first-ever, all-woman slate of candidates for a local council in a Druze town. Her achievement, and that of other Druze and Arab local politicians, is the result of a grassroots movement.
    • Deiaa Haj YAHIA: "The Tragedy of Young Israeli Arabs on the Road to Nowhere" (Haaretz, May 14, 2023): click here!
      Without work, education or direction, nearly a third of Israeli Arab young adults find themselves without a purpose.
    • Jonathan SHAMIR: "Israeli Arabs Are Second-class Citizens, and It’s Costing Their Lives" (Haaretz, May 7, 2023): click here!
      Israel’s protest movement has avoided an explicit call for a truly inclusive democracy. Dayar Omari’s killing is proof it shouldn’t.
    • Sawsan ZAHER: "The Israeli right is planning to ban Palestinian parties. Here’s how" (+972, 2 April, 2023): click here!
      If the Netanyahu government secures a forever majority, it will bolster the argument that an apartheid regime reigns between the river and the sea.
    • Hanin MAJADLI: "Why Do They Identify as Palestinians?" (Haaretz, January 13, 2023): click here!
      Kan 11, the public broadcaster, launched a series of reports this week by Eran Singer and Roy Ettinger titled “Palestinians Blue-and-White.” The first item set out to examine “the growing extremism in Arab society in Israel” and asked, “What went wrong?”
    • Ran SHIMONI: "The Arab Israeli Experience: Constant Vigilance Against Prejudice" (Haaretz, May 31, 2022): click here!
      Facing rude stares on the train, showing your ID everywhere and staying indoors during times of violence. Arab Israelis tell Haaretz about how they cope with the country's worsening intercommunal relations.
    • Bar PELEG: "Elderly and Arabs Hardest Hit as New Report Shows Almost 2 Million Israelis Live Below Poverty Line" (Haaretz, January 12, 2023): click here!
      Israel remains one of the most impoverished states in the developed world, according to 2021 poverty report.
    • Haaretz Editorial: "Don't Want Your Kids Taught by an Arab? Yes, That's Racist" (Haaretz, August 26, 2021): click here!
    • Or KASHTI: "Separate School Systems for Jews and Arabs Are Policy in Israel, Not a ‘Problem " (Haaretz, May 23, 2021): click here!
      The Education Ministry’s systematic disregard of studies, surveys and state comptroller reports has buried hope for education for coexistence.
    • Haaretz Editorial: "Israel's Education System's Shameful Censorship" (Haaretz, Feb 16, 2021): click here!
      The fact that the attorney general’s office approved Education Minister Yoav Gallant’s move some months ago to intervene in the Bible studies curriculum and remove clips from the satirical program “The Jews are Coming” from the ministry’s website for Bible studies teachers, is additional evidence that Israel’s democracy is in crisis.
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